SPUTNIC Consortium

UITP — Union Internationale des Transports Publics


Founded in 1885,UITP is the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide co-operation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,100 members from 90 countries. UITP is the global advocate for public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector.

REC — Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe


The REC (Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe) is a not-for-profit, independent international organisation established in 1990. It aims to assist in solving the environmental problems in CEEC through the promotion of cooperation among non-governmental organisations, governments, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision-making.

Rapp Trans AG


Rapp Trans AG is one of Switzerland´s leading consultancies in the field of traffic and transport. In public transport Rapp Trans has special experiences in controlling and monitoring, financing and organisational models, public transport modelling, system evaluation for new technologies, tariff associations and fare concepts and tendering. The company focuses on the creation of intelligent systems and sustainable solutions. Rapp Trans has taken part and is actively participating as a partner in several European projects.

Socialdata — Institut für Verkehrs - und Infrastrukturforschung GmbH


Socialdata, the Institute for Research into Transport and Infrastructure in Munich, has occupied itself for nearly three decades with research in all areas of public services: mobility, transportation, land use and housing, environment, energy, health, social issues and communication. The main concern of Socialdata is the combination of research and implementation, especially public relations work for institutional target groups, information about and publicity for public services ("Public Awareness Concept"), "Individualised Marketing" to promote behavioural changes (e.g. use of public transport). Socialdata has carried out public awareness projects in about 80 German, Austrian and Swiss cities commissioned by local authorities and public transport operators, in which based on mobility studies, the alternatives to the car were promoted, mostly including specific campaigns for decision-makers and opinion leaders.

IMAGO — Onderzoek, Advies en Begleiding BV


Imago groep stands for professionals in organisational development. They are focused on improving the performance of organisations in order to become more effective and efficient. Imago Groep has expertise in research, consultancy, coaching and training & development (HRD).

Imago Groep is active in the following sectors: Education, Public Transport, Business (profit), Government (not for profit), Healthcare, Leisure

TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH.


TÜV Rheinland Consulting is a part of TÜV Rheinland Group, where Education and Consulting is one of its six business fields. The division "Research and Devolopment Management" has amassed broad experience in the field of public transport and advanced transportation systems.

TÜV-I — TÜV Rheinland InterTraffic GmbH


TÜV Rheinland InterTraffic GmbH is a part of TÜV Rheinland Group, where Mobility and Transport is one of its five business fields. Within the TÜV Rheinland Group, TÜV InterTraffic GmbH offers independent safety assessment and related consulting services for advanced guided transport systems to clients across the globe.

VTI — Swedish National Road & Transport Research Institute


VTI Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut www.vti.se carries out applied research commissioned by the transport sector in the fields of infrastructure, traffic and transport.

Public Transport and its links to urban planning, retail patterns and mobility development are current research areas. Light Rail projects have dealt with Light Rail’s costs compared to costs for other forms of guided transport and buses Another major research project has dealt with Competition and Tendering in the Transport Sector.

VVO — Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe GmbH


VVO is the management company working for the Public Transport Authority “Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (ZVOE)”, which has been founded in 1994 as an umbrella organisation of local authorities and transport operators in order to support the integrated approach for the development of a more attractive and efficient public transport system for the Oberelbe region.

TMB — Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona


Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona is the management unit of the companies Ferrocarril Metropolità de Barcelona, S.A. and Transports de Barcelona, S.A. TMB is the main public transport managing company in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Wiener Linien GmbH &Co. KG


Wiener Linien is the public transport operator in the city of Vienna and active in the transport business since more than 100 years.

S2R Consulting GmbH


S2R Consulting stands for management competence in the transport industry. We are specialized in urban public transport, the international railway business, for companies, authorities, local and federal governments. Major aspects are numerous holistic restructuring approaches, reorganisations and privatisation projects as well as dedicated studies for infrastructure organisations. Furthermore we concentrate on organisational interaction between governing bodies and transport / infrastructure companies and / or agencies. For further information, please visit our website www.s2r-consulting.com

Transmart Consulting SA


Founded in 2004, Transmart Consulting SA is a specialist company providing solutions for transportation, logistics and managerial issues. The company is located in Athens and draws upon the vast experience of its founders and its scientific affiliates as transportation and logistics experts.

CERTU — Centre d’études sur les réseaux, les transports, l’urbanisme et les constructions publiques


The Centre for Studies on Urban Planning, Transportation and Public Facilities (Centre d'études sur les réseaux, les transports, l'urbanisme et les constructions publiques) is a technical agency of the French Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, Spatial Planning, Tourism and the Sea, whose mission is to capitalize and disseminate knowledge and good practices on all urban technical fields with these six technical departments, Mobility and Transportation, road safety streets and public spaces, urban planning and housing, environment, public facilities, urban systems and technologies.

MPK — Miejskie Przedsiebiorstwo Komunikacyjne SA


Miejskie Przedsiebiorstwo Komunikacyjne S.A. – Public Transport Company - provides public transport services to nearly 758 thousand inhabitants of Cracow. The inhabitants of suburban communes, many tourists, and university community increase the number of people in the city area up to over 1 million.

The company employs over 2500 workers who follow the Company ‘s “Quality Policy” to meet customers’ needs and expectations, so that their satisfaction could contribute to company’s development and strengthening its position on the market.

Every day five depots responsible for transport services send almost 200 trams and 440 buses on their routs. The communication net comprises 82 km of tram tracks and 770 km of bus routes. Passengers can use 25 tram lines, 125 day bus lines (84 city lines and 41 suburban commuter lines) and 8 night bus lines.



We see ourselves as a competent partner concerning all questions relating to the maintenance of rail infrastructure systems and light rail vehicles.

We have built our success on sustainable cornerstones: industry knowledge, holistic services approach, consistent quality commitment, close and partner- oriented customer relationships.

Today, we distribute our services on five segments:
- Maintenance of rail infrastructure systems for public transport
- Services for light rail vehicles
- Maintenance of rail infrastructure systems for industrial transport
- Construction and assembly of switches
- Consulting


NEW SPUTNIC project has come to its end.

During the last three years we have had the privilege of working with so many committed experts and stakeholders we would like to thank for their interest and involvement. We have exchanged ideas and shared experience, developed useful products that could not have been possible without your valuable input and contribution.

We would like to thank you again and inform you that the SPUTNIC website with all available content as today will be accessible until October 2014


SPUTNIC Final Conference - Presentations

The SPUTNIC project consortium held its Final Conference in Brussels on 3 July 2009. The conference started with a presentation by Franz Söldner, Deputy Head of Unit at the DG TREN responsible for clean transport & urban transport, outlining current and planned transport policies of the European Commission and a welcome note of UITP’s Secretary General Hans Rat.

Hans Rat handed over to Franz Söldner the "SPUTNIC Charter for a better Public Transport", which was signed online by more than 130 persons.

In the following each leader of the four SPUTNIC priority areas presented the project outcomes from a theoretical point of view. In order to better visualise the results experts from the related field held in-depth presentations of real-life examples. The project coordinator closed the meeting by giving overall conclusions.

The participants received a draft of the Final Report “Political and Research Recommendations” as well as a USB-stick containing all SPUTNIC documents such as reports, guidelines, background papers, presentations, etc.

Please find below the presentations from the event:


SPUTNIC Online Petition

The SPUTNIC Consortium has worked for three years exploring challenges and best practices for transitional economies, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe, and pledges persons involved and interested in public transport to sign online the "SPUTNIC Charter for a better Public Transport".

This document with all signatures shall be handed over to European Commission representatives at the SPUTNIC Final Conference on 3 July 2009. The SPUTNIC consortium is looking forward to your active contribution.

SPUTNIC Final Conference

Join us for the Final Conference on 3rd of July 2009 in Brussels! Sector professionals will learn about new approaches to challenges wrought by market competition, changing institutional frameworks and dwindling budgets. Programme available soon. For more information please contact: sebastian.emig at uitp.org

Download the available conference documents:
SPUTNIC Second Plenary Session, Vienna, 12-13 February, 2009

During this Plenary Session the participants worked on summarizing the so far obtained project results and established a synopsis of the outcomes from the four cluster groups to form a cluster-independent overview of recommendations for the public transport sector.

The clusters have integrated the outcomes in so-called matrices which can be downloaded below:
Third SPUTNIC Newsletter is now available for download in PDF format.
Fourth SPUTNIC working group meeting, Prague, Czech Republic The meeting took place on October 9-10, 2008 and the topics for the fourth working group meeting were the following:
  • Market Organisation: Contracts, incentives and monitoring
  • Customer Relations: Monitoring and analysis of the public transport market
  • Corporate Management: Strategic Corporate Management
  • Equipment and Operational Aspects: Spare part exchange database and Fleet management
Documentation (presentations, minutes, conclusions) of the fourth SPUTNIC working group meeting in Prague are ready for download.
Article "Increasing the Quality of Public Transport in Prague" is available in PDF format
SPUTNIC State Of The Art report is now available
Second SPUTNIC Newsletter is now available in 6 other languages, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian and Slovak.
SPUTNIC public transport case studies are available for download in PDF format.
Second SPUTNIC Newsletter is now available for download in PDF format.
 A new SPUTNIC report on Challenges in Public Transport Sector is now available in PDF format.