EMTA joins a coalition calling for support for urban nodes within the TEN-T

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  • Updated3 April 2024
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EMTA joins other leading networks, territorial groupings and EU-funded research projects in calling for EU member states to support urban nodes within the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The Urban Nodes Alliance jointly published the position paper ‘Urban Nodes: Empowering cities and regions to build the TEN-T’ at the start of the Connecting Europe Days 2024, currently taking place in Brussels.

The European Union’s updated Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) regulation marks a significant milestone in enhancing mobility and sustainability across Europe. With the identification of 431 Urban Nodes, up from 88, the EU underscores the pivotal role of local levels in transportation infrastructure.

Moving forward, urban nodes will play a pivotal role in the TEN-T framework, serving as a crossroads between transport networks operating at different levels. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative initiatives, urban nodes act as focal points for investment in projects that improve infrastructure, promote innovation, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

EMTA is part of the coalition calling for a stronger role for urban nodes within the TEN-T. We as metropolitan public transport authorities are already responsible for the backbone of urban mobility, and can play a vital role in the governance of the urban nodes”, says Katalin Walter, President of EMTA.

The Urban Nodes Alliance is made up of the following networks and organisations: the
Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC, EMTA, ERRIN, Eurocities, POLIS Network, and the Scandria Alliance.

The Urban Nodes Alliance benefits from insights from the Horizon Europe Projects: MOVE 21 and SCALE-UP.

The working party was chaired by Île de France.

Read the position paper here!