The four MODERN cities have put together a package of activities for cleaner and better urban transport based on stakeholder engagement and a performance-led approach. They are keen to build on their past efforts and substantially improve the quality of life for all citizens.
The MODERN cities represent a geographic diversity covering the entire continent from the Atlantic coast of Portugal through the Basque region and northern Italy to the Balkans. They are similar in size and represent important regional capitals that attract a lot of daily traffic from the surrounding areas. They also have in common that they face dramatic changes. Most of the cities used to be heavy industrial towns that are going through a phase of renewal and are struggling with a growing number of cars that is reaching critical dimensions and results in enormous social and economic costs. All of the cities have important old centres with a wealth of cultural and architectural heritage that are threatened by traffic and pollution and that the cities are anxious to preserve. Another challenge the MODERN cities face are increasing costs of providing public transport and accessibility. They recognise innovation as the key to improving efficiency and accessibility of public transport and to protect the environment.