The OPTIC project is designed to significantly improve the effectiveness and political acceptability of political interventions in the European transport system. It examines causes of policy failure in complex mobility systems across the European Union and seeks to develop concrete processes that mitigate the likelihood and severity of policies' unintended effects. The research thus includes a detailed exploration of synergetic and contradictory interrelationships between existing and potential policy measures and offers in-depth guidance on policy packaging methodology. The research is being carried out in conjunction with academic partners based in Norway, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the Czech Republic, and is funded under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme.
The TSU team have a major role in the project, leading on the development of a policy packaging framework which has received a highly favourable response from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. In the coming months, the team will be extending the framework with the inclusion of robust monitoring guidance and approaches for the ex-post mitigation of policies' unintended effects through the deployment of remedial measures. A strong emphasis on training, dissemination and user involvement is maintained throughout the project via a series of activities including a webpage, a transport conference session, academic publications, target workshops and newswire services.