UPPER Unleashing the Potential of Public Transport in Europe – is a Horizon Europe project running from January 2023 to December 2026.

UPPER aims to strengthen the role of public transport as the cornerstone of sustainable and innovative mobility The project will implement a combination of measures looking to push people out of private cars and to pull them closer to public transport in cities across Europe.

UPPER will work with 10 cities and regions: Valencia, Rome, Versailles Grand Parc – Île de France, Oslo, Mannheim, Lisbon, Leuven, Budapest, Thessaloniki, Hannover region.

Key milestones of the UPPER journey will be increasing public transport uptake by over 30% and user satisfaction by over 25, without leaving anyone behind.

At an operational level, UPPER will implement 84 measures and act on five innovation models to positively influence users’ choices: mindset and culture, urban mobility planning, mobility services ecosystem, road network management, and democratic governance.

The project will adopt an integrated and holistic approach to:

  • Ease the cooperation among authorities and operators
  • Offer a physical and digital environment to test the measures
  • Update the existing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)
  • Optimise the public transport offer, in line with user needs and patterns
  • Seek users’ involvement in the overall mobility decision chain
  • Encourage behavioural change in favour of public transport uptake
  • Achieve an attractive, efficient, reliable, safe, inclusive and affordable public transport system, as outlined in the Mobility as a Right (MaaR) concept





Francesco Iacorossi UPPER Project Coordinator - Mobility

Starting date

January 2023

Ending date

January 2026


Union Internationale Des Transports Publics, Fit Consulting Srl, Etra Investigacion Y Desarrollo Sa, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Polis – Promotion of Operational Links With Integrated Services, Emta European Metropolitan Transport Authorities, Rupprecht Consult-forschung & Beratung Gmbh, Iclei European Secretariat Gmbh, Eit Kic Urban Mobility Sl, Instituto De Biomecanica De Valencia, Ptv Planung Transport Verkehr Gmbh, Sistema – Soluzioni Per L Ingegneria Dei Sistema Di Trasporto E L Infomobilita Srl, Factual Consulting Sl, Communaute D’agglomeration De Versailles Grand Parc, Institut D’amenagement Et D’urbanisme De La Region D’ile De France, Instant Systemfrancepartner, Ifp Energies Nouvelles, Roma Servizi Per La Mobilita Srl, Roma Capitale, Tts Italia, Empresa Municipal De Transportes De Valencia Sa, Universitat Politecnica De Valencia, Ayuntamiento De Valencia, Ruter as, Statens Vegvesen, Oslo Kommune, Bkk Budapesti Kozlekedesi Kozpont Zartkoruen Mukodo Reszvenytarsasag, Tml – Transportes Metropolitanos De Lisboa Emt Sa, Companhia Carris De Ferro De Lisboa, E.m., S.a., Stad Leuven, Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis, Organismos Sygkoinoniakoy Ergou Thessalonikis Anonymi Etairia, Stadt Mannheim, Rhein-neckar-verkehr Gmbh, Region Hannover, European Passengers’ Federation Ivzw, European Cyclists Federation Asbl, International Federation of Pedestriansch, Redlab