The primary objective of SUTRA is to develop a consistent
and comprehensive approach and planning methodology for the analysis
of urban transportation problems, that helps to design strategies for
This includes an integration of socio-economic,
environmental and technological concepts including
the development, integration, and demonstration of tools and methodologies
to improve forecasting, assessment and policy level decision support.
Combining an indicator based approach with simulation models and
scenario analysis, socio-economic and environmental impact assessment,
and a public information component, SUTRA
includes awareness building end educational aspects for
citizens and stake-holders participating in urban decision making processes.
The cities collaborating and involved in SUTRA
(Buenos Aires, Gdansk, Genoa, Geneva, Lisbon,
Tel Aviv and Thessaloniki) differ widely in terms of culture,
environmental conditions, size, economic structure,
social composition and demography.
Despite these differences they all face common
challenges in their transportation system such as those relating to
air quality, noise, traffic congestion, but also related issues such
as economic competitiveness, mobility, employment, maintaining their
deteriorating infrastructure and built environment while reducing social
exclusion and promoting sustainable development.