Elise Miller-Hooks

REORIENT: Implementing Change in the European Railway System

Project 14

REORIENT was a Concerted Action funded by the European Commission within the Sixth Framework Programme that addressed Strategic Objective 3.3.1 “Research to Support the European Transport Policy, Research Domain 3.1, Implementation of Change in the European Railway Area". The REORIENT project examined the effects of the EU’s legislation on rail interoperability, which is transforming the European rail freight industry from closed, monopolistic, nationally-oriented businesses insulated from market realities such that new players and newcomers both from the rail and logistics industry can find new opportunities, and from nationally-fragmented railway subsystems into an internationally integrated and interoperable pan-European system. The project focused on a trans-European transport corridor through eleven countries (called the REORIENT Corridor) stretching from Scandinavia in the north to Greece in the south, with three main objectives:

  1. Assessing and monitoring the progress toward the development of an integrated freight railway system in the countries located along the REORIENT Corridor, explaining the variation in the status of interoperability across these countries, assessing the degree of political and social support for improving interoperability in these countries, identifying barriers to seamless rail freight transport through these countries, and recommending ways to overcome the barriers.
  2. Identifying and assessing the market potential for new international rail freight transport services through these countries.
  3. Evaluating the relevant internal and external effects that will result from implementing the new services, including the effects on rail companies and shippers, and the effects that bear on the whole society and the environment.

Award Period:
May 2005 - May 2007
Source of Funding:
European Commission of the European Union.
Part of 6.1M euro contract lead by the Institute for Transport Economics in Oslo, Norway.
Total Award Amount:

Project 14


Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

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Email: miller@gmu.edu

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