Urban Public Administration and Services innovation for Innovative Urban Mobility Management and Policy

Motivated by the world-wide shared desire and need for more efficient, reliable and environmentally sustainable urban transport, the U-PASS project investigates how to improve the benefits of transport, while limiting its downsides. The project aims to offer innovations in the design of new services and policies in urban transport, with a focus on policies and services such as tradable credits schemes, automated vehicles, electric driving, ride sharing, car sharing, and cycling. The project studies short-run behavioural impacts through real-life experimental studies in both China and Europe, and long-run implications through advanced urban transport modelling approaches.

The collaboration between Chinese and European top institutes - combined with applications in both parts of the world - gives a great opportunity for cross-fertilization, comparative study, and exploitation of diversity for the purpose of generalizing and transferring insights to be gathered.


U-PASS Kick-off


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
- Prof. Erik Verhoef (Coordinator)
- Dr. Vincent van den Berg
- Dr. Jasper Knockaert
- Dr. Paul Koster
- Diego Candia Riquelme (PhD student)
University of Leeds
University of Leeds
- Prof. Simon Shepherd
- Prof. Susan Grant-Muller
- Dr. Caroline Mullen
- Dr. Chandra Balijepalli

Bejing Jiatong University
Beijing Jiaotong University 
(Institute of Transportation System Science
and Engineering) 
- Dr. Meng Xu
- Dr. Xianyu Wu

Bejing Jiatong University
Beijing Jiaotong University
(School of Economics and Management)
- Dr. Yacan Wang
- Dr. Zhigang Cao
- Dr. Lingling Xiao
- Dr. Huiyu Zhou
- Dr. Jingjuan Jiao

Zhejiang University
Zheijang University

- Dr. Xiqun (Michael) Chen

Beijing Transport Institute
Beijing Transport Insitute 
- Dr. Kai Xian

Project manager & contact person:
Hadewijch van Delft
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
+(31) 20 5982191


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News articles

Below: Working in times of Covid-19. The first U-PASS Zoom meeting was very successful with no less than 35 participants! (8 & 9 July, 2020)


About the project

U-PASS is part of the Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas programme, jointly organized by nine European partners of JPI Urban Europe and the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), in order to encourage collaboration between researchers from Chinese and European universities, research institutes, research and technology organizations, cities and city planning departments, as well as European companies to develop knowledge, integrate solutions and decision support tools to a wide spectrum of urban challenges (Grant No. 71961137005).

U-PASS runs from March 2019 until July 2023.
All joint work will be done from March 2019 until March 2022.

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