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Potential Contribution Of LUTI Models In Contemporary Strategic Planning For Urban Mobility: A Case Study Of The Metropolitan Area Of Thessaloniki


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G. Pozoukidou, N. Gavanas, E. Verani


The contemporary approach of strategic urban mobility planning aims at the cross-scientific analysis of the interactions between the transport system and urban structure, under the perspective of socio-economic and environmental sustainability. In this context, the European Commission currently promotes the concept of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), which can be defined as a strategic planning framework for the urban multimodal transport system combining multi-disciplinarity, policy analysis and decision making, while its objectives concise with the main pillars of sustainable urban mobility. SUMP guidelines refer to the potential use of Land Use and Transport Integrated (LUTI) models as tools for the development of strategic scenarios during the preparatory stage of the planning process. Based on the conceptual background of LUTI models, the current paper suggests that they could play an extensive role in the implementation of a SUMP. Therefore, it discusses the expected benefits and drawbacks from the implementation of a LUTI model in contemporary strategic planning for urban mobility and proposes a framework for the full integration of such a model into the SUMP cycle. An application of the proposed framework is attempted for Thessaloniki’s SUMP, recording the emerging problems and implementation issues. Finally, the paper concludes by outlying the potential added value from the full integration of a LUTI model to the SUMP cycle.


land use transport integrated models, sustainable urban mobility