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Transport Agenda RTS, was written by Uday Kumar, Professor in Operation and Maintenance Engineering and scientific director of sustainable transport, Veronica Jägare, Deputy director in Operation and Maintenance Engineering, Ramin Kamin, assistant professor in Operation and Maintenance Engineering and Rune Lindberg (not photo) project Manager, all at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Katarina Karlsson Photo: Katarina Karlsson

Programs for sustainable transport

Published: 19 October 2015

About a year ago, Luleå University of Technology got a grant from Vinnova to develop a proposal for a national research and innovation program, on how to achieve robust and reliable transport system. What research and what innovations do Sweden need to focus on in the area? Now suggestions for a strategic direction are given from Luleå University of Technology.

- We have had many meetings with very valuable input from stakeholders in the transport industry. Now we have completed the work and I feel both grateful for the support we received and proud of our research and innovation agenda. It aims to stimulate dialogue between stakeholders to highlight the contributions, needs and opportunities in our transportation system in Sweden, says Uday Kumar, Professor in Operation and Maintenance Engineering, scientific director of sustainable transport and one of the authors of the agenda.

Under the leadership of Luleå University of Technology, in close cooperation with some 30 partners in the transport industry and other universities, it is thus put into writing, the research and the innovation Sweden is considered to have to focus on when it comes to our transportation system. The focus is concentrated in the strategic agenda Robust and Reliabla Transport System (RTS).

Transportation industry's National Agenda

The National Agenda, RTS focuses on research and innovation in the application areas of rail and road systems, but also communications to and from ports and airports.

- This should be seen as the transport industry's national agenda. We have had a broad discussion with a number of parties during the work, says Rune Lindberg, project manager at Luleå University of Technology and one of the authors of the agenda.

The overall objectives of the RTS agenda is to improve the economic, social and environmental efficency in transportation systems through research and innovation. It should not at least reduce train stop, caused by disruption, which affects not only the individual but also the industry in form of delayed costly deliveries - and Sweden as an exporting country. RTS vision for the national transport system, is that it must be reliable, robust, and flexible and moreover attractive, safe, sustainable and effective.

Promotes the country

- An efficient transport system promotes the country. The uniqueness of this agenda is that it is entirely based on cooperation on transport, between research and innovation, public authorities and private operators. There is a strong technical knowledge of the transport industry in Sweden and a strong drive for improvement, says Rune Lindberg, project manager at Luleå University of Technology and one of the authors of the agenda.

The agenda is prepared for a complex game plan with many stakeholders, which the state as constituent but where providers are both public and private, and find themselves in a competitive market, with responsibility for different parts of the transport system, affecting each other. A functioning and sustainable transport system is based upon, according to the agenda RTS, that the parties do not appear as isolated elements but are part of a larger context, which is based on good communication and cooperation.

Collaboration tools

The agenda shall create incentives and tools for partners universities, government and industry to collaborate and cooperate, according to the Triple Helix model. RTS focuses on the following areas: control of transport, innovation linked to transport, freight and passengers, as well as intelligent transport systems. It shows thus clearly Luleå University's focus on research and innovation in Sustainable transportation.

Another writer behind the agenda RTS is Veronica Jägare, Deputy director in Operation and Maintenance Engineering, at Luleå University of Technology.