CIVITAS Policy Note: Intelligent Transport Systems and traffic management in urban areas

Basic Information



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Tool type

Guidance document / Manual WIKI

Application area

  • Dissemination and communication

Target Audience

  • Medium-sized cities
  • Large cities
  • Metropolitan regions
  • Other


This is the fourth policy note in the CIVITAS Policy Analysis series developed by CIVITAS WIKI. CIVITAS WIKI policy notes are intended to inform decision makers and urban professionals on relevant topics that currently play an important role in urban mobility planning and operations.

This policy note addresses the topic of urban Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and traffic management. ITS and traffic management applications help cities to achieve policy goals with regard to accessibility, livability and safety. Accelerated by technology and ICT developments, the possibilities of using ITS and traffic management in urban environments have increased substantially in the past decade. This document provides information about recent developments in ITS and traffic management. In doing so, the document is intended to provide support to urban professionals in an initial selection of measure types suitable for their situation. The authors of this policy note are aware of the fact that this is a very broad topic and that this note will not answer all questions that readers might have when it comes to the selection and implementation of ITS and traffic management measures in cities. However, we hope that this note offers help, guidance, insights and information to make that easier.

Thematic areas

Smart & connected mobility
  • Connected and automated transport
  • Real-time road-user information
  • ITS-based enhancement of public transport
  • ITS for traffic

Integrated & inclusive planning
  • Spatial planning / land-use planning
  • Multimodal hubs
  • Cooperation of policy fields and institutional stakeholders
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans - SUMP



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