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LivingRAIL - Vision for rail in Europe in 2050

LivingRAIL is a research project funded by the European Commission. It develops a vision for rail transport in Europe 2050, and a roadmap for realizing it.


Let’s talk about money

The LivingRAIL Railmap costs 1345 billion euros. But rail user revenues can pay twice for the costs, and road and air charging revenues exceed the costs by four times. We conclude: Funding is not an issue in case the available instruments are utilised, it is more a question of political will and social acceptance.

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The LivingRAIL Roadmap

According to our systemic approach, the LivingRAIL roadmap is composed of 62 measures not only in transport policy, but also measures that facilitate a shift in values towards more environmental protection, and in spatial planning that is no longer centered on road transport.

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Final Conference in Brussels

At our final conference in Brussels in April, we discussed our findings in a half day event, backed by Michael Cramer MEP, Chairman of the Committee for Transport and Tourism, and chaired by Prof. Werner Rothengatter (KIT). More than 100 participants registered for the event.

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Two projects one goal

LivingRAIL presents the main findings in a collaborative brochure together with the research project SPIDER PLUS. Both projects developed independently a mobility vision and an action plan, but shared the results - with significant synergy.

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Three regional conferences

Three regional LivingRAIL conferences have been held in Germany, Spain, and Croatia, to discuss the project results in the national context.

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Possible, but a lot to do

Some of our core messages how to reach 50% rail mode share in 2050: Act coordinated. Start now. No need to wait for a magic technology to come. Actively address social norms. Keep on reshaping cities. Integrate logistics in land use concepts. Customer orientation and intermodality is key to success.

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The LivingRAIL Vision

What if the EU White Paper for transport came true? We proudly present our 2050 vision for rail. While re-emphasising the necessary ingredients on railway futures advocated since long, the LivingRAIL vision strongly points on cultural frameworks. Enjoy reading about the brave new rail world.

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