The European Commission co-financed two projects expected to bring significant savings through the usage of interchangeable modules, one for heavy rail - MODTRAIN - and one for urban guided transport - MODUrban.
The main target of the MODUrban project was to design, develop and test an innovative and open core system architecture and its key interfaces, common to operators and manufacturers (this covers Command Control, energy saving and access subsystems). This paved the way for the next generations of urban-guided public transport systems. This approach was applied to both metro and light rail. In the case of metro, it encourages cost effective migration from driver to driverless operation.
This integrated approach aimed at limiting the risk of new rolling stock and subsystems being built from unproven prototype sub-assemblies. The project delivered functional prescriptions, technical prescriptions, safety concepts and procedures. Those are in line with what has been proposed in the European Commission's Railway Packages.
Under the Seventh Framework Programme, a follow-up project was funded: MODSafe (for more information, click here).
- Duration: January 2005 – March 2009
- Budget: 19 million € (10,4 million € co-funded)
- Coordinator: UITP, International Association for Public Transport
- Partners: ALMA CONSULTING GROUP, ALSTOM, ANSALDO BREDA, ATAC ROMA, BVG, BOMBARDIER, BUDAPEST UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS, ANSALDO STS, DIMETRONIC, IFE DOORSYSTEM KNORR BREMSE, AREVA ELTA, ESTEREL TECHNOLOGIES, JRC, FERROCARRIL METROPOLITA DE BARCELONA, FRENSISTEMI, INRETS, FUNKWERK, KITE SOLUTIONS, KNORR BREMSE, LONDON UNDERGROUND, METRO DE MADRID, METRO WARSAW, METROPOLITANO DE LISBOA, NAVECOM, METRO PRAGUE, RATP, RHEIN CONSULT, RHEINBAHN, SIEMENS, TU DRESDEN, THALES, UNIFE, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE, UVHC, NEWRAIL
More information: www.modurban.org
MODUrban was co-funded by the European Commission under the 6th Research and Technological Development Framework Programme, Research and Innovation Directorate General.