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Water and air transportation are critical to trade between the European Union and the rest of the world. But these channels also connect people, while their industries create jobs and make other vital contributions to our economy.

Crucial as they are, air, maritime and inland waterway routes should connect efficiently with other transport networks, like roads and rail.

JASPERS can help you:

  • Build or upgrade ports and airports and improve inland waterways to increase passenger and freight capacity and complement the overall transport infrastructure in the countries concerned
  • Contribute to the long-term, sustainable development of maritime logistics infrastructure and multimodal transport


Trains are a safe, sustainable way of connecting people and businesses across the continent. This eco-friendly mode of transport can help the European Union become climate-neutral by 2050.

JASPERS can support rail projects to work towards the green and digital transitions by:

  • Upgrading railway lines and rolling stock for trains that are faster, more reliable, more comfortable, safer and less polluting
  • Building rail links still lacking in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)
  • Refurbishing railway stations for smooth operations and integration into smart urban plans
  • Promoting gender equality in transport strategies to make transport more inclusive
  • Integrating climate change considerations into transport planning

Road transport is indispensable to economic growth and the free movement of people and goods. It is part of an efficient, accessible, safe and green multimodal transport system that promotes European economic progress, enhances competitiveness and offers quality mobility services. However, investments in road networks must be carefully planned, prepared and implemented to control the negative environmental impacts of this mode of transport.

To be fit for funding by the European Union and international financing institutions like the European Investment Bank, road investments must now comply with stricter requirements ensuring that they will serve EU policy goals efficiently.

JASPERS can help you prepare technically sound, economically viable projects, in compliance with environmental legislation, to:

  • Build missing road links to close gaps in the TEN-T network, connect remote areas and cross borders, thereby strengthening social, economic and territorial cohesion
  • Increase existing road capacity to remove bottlenecks in the network for lower congestion and greater safety and efficiency
  • Rehabilitate and upgrade existing roads to make them safer, more sustainable and more resilient to climate change
  • Build ring roads, relief roads and bypasses to reduce congestion in urban areas and make cities safer, cleaner and more sustainable
  • Deploy alternative fuels infrastructure to reduce pollution and the environmental impact of road transport
  • Incorporate intelligent transport systems and digital solutions to prevent congestion, enhance efficiency and increase safety
  • Integrate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the road network to promote environmentally friendly mobility
  • Build wildlife crossing structures, wildlife fences, noise protection barriers, etc. to protect wildlife populations, improve human safety, reduce noise pollution and preserve biodiversity

More than 70% of EU citizens live in cities, and urban mobility is often the single largest investment area of a city’s budget. 

Accounting for 23% of all transport-generated greenhouse gas emissions, cities need sustainable urban mobility plans and carefully prepared investments if they are to provide affordable local services, improve urban air quality and reach their climate targets.

JASPERS can support you in:

  • Upgrading and extending the public transport network
  • Developing proposals for public transport interchange and transit-oriented development to support sustainable urban growth
  • Decarbonising public transport fleets and developing electric vehicle charging networks for private cars
  • Designing policies and programmes to roll out measures encouraging soft mobility, including walking and cycling
  • Delivering sustainable urban mobility plans that define packages of future transport investments, as well as the institutional and organisational measures required to deliver them