SPP Transportation Program Helps Develop Transatlantic Links

Posted: April 2, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Paige Risser

The School of Public Policy (SPP) has recently become part of the STELLA/STAR initiative, a three-year collaborative effort establishing transatlantic links between transportation professionals from Europe and the United States. Dean Kingsley Haynes, Associate Dean Roger Stough, and Professor Kenneth Button are involved in the cooperation, which will include a series of conferences and seminars at which representatives of governments, businesses, and academia can discuss issues of sustainable transportation development.

STELLA (Sustainable Transport in Europe and Links and Liaisons with America) denotes the European contingency and is funded by the European Union. STAR (Sustainable Transportation Analysis and Research) represents the group from the United States, and receives its funding from the National Science Foundation.

One tangible result of the partnership will be a large dictionary of transportation terms.

Button, who is the co-organizer of the STAR group, says the purpose of the partnership is not research driven. “Its goal is to bring together common transportation synergies and work on sustainable transportation solutions that fit within our economic frameworks,” he says.

The two groups came together for the first time in Washington, D.C., in January and then met in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in February. Future meetings are planned for April 11 and 12 in Bonn, Germany; April 27 in Brussels, Belgium; and May 2 and 3 in Helsinki, Finland.

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