Verkehrsplanung und Verkehrstechnik

Fatima (1997)


European Commission
Directorate-General VII, Transport

Financial Assistance for Transport Integration in Metropolitan Areas

Start Date: 1997-04-01

End Date: 1998-09-30
Project Status: Completed


Project Objectives

Project FATIMA is designed to meet the requirements of Task 5.4/27 in the list of Urban Transport Tasks. Its overall goal, as specified in that task, is to investigate the opportunities for the private sector to contribute to the optimisation of urban public transport.

To this end it has to answer two questions stated in the task:

  1. How should the private sector become involved with developing and running the [public] transport network
  2. How can it be guaranteed that the quality of service complies with the expected standards

However, the second of these questions is being addressed more directly in another project, QUATTRO.

To answer these questions, the overall objectives of Project FATIMA are:

  • to identify the benefits to the private sector of optimal urban transport strategies, and the potential for

obtaining private sector funding to reflect those benefits

  • to determine the differences between strategies optimised using public funds and those optimised within

the constraints imposed by private funding initiatives

  • to propose mechanisms by which private sector funding can be provided so as to achieve appropriately optimal

transport strategies while maintaining quality of operation

  • to use the results to provide more general guidance on the role of private sector funding for urban transport in the EU


Prime Contractor

  • Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK


Other Contractors

  • Centre for the Study of Transport Systems, Italy
  • Institute of Transport Economics, Norway
  • Institute for Traffic Planning and Traffic Engineering, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland


Further information and final report