La Rochelle, Preston and Ploiesti faced specific transport issues that were typical of medium-sized European cities:
- a small surface area, implying a greater interconnection among activities;
- a lack of funding, which can be a barrier to the implementation of sophisticated technologies;
- the need to adopt political solutions quickly;
- unfamiliarity with the complexity of European projects; and
- seasonal changes in transport uses.
The SUCCESS cities decided to use the latest clean-vehicle technologies in combination with other measures in order to create locations where citizens are able to enjoy a high-quality environment and travel easily and safely; to build local partnerships for tackling sustainable mobility issues; to develop efficient management systems; and to adopt new approaches to urban transport. The general objectives of SUCCESS were to:
- demonstrate that alternative fuels can be an efficient choice for urban transport, with a target for all vehicle fleets to achieve a decrease of 20 percent in the use of fossil fuels, and to cut energy consumption and emissions of carbon dioxide, particulates and nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide by 10 percent;
- demonstrate that, with an ambitious package of mobility and traffic management measures, significant results can be provided regarding sustainable transport and energy policy;
- demonstrate that cities in candidate countries can avoid the mistakes made in Western Europe and contribute to the development of their collective transport systems; and
- support related research and assessment activities, including new, all-inclusive training and communication initiatives to disseminate results and encourage transferability.