Significance: quantitative research background


Significance is an independent research institute specialised in quantitative research on mobility and transport. It is established in The Hague. Significance works for clients in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries.

Significance helps national and international governments and companies to make evidence based decisions.

Our core business is to analyse mobility en transport data. We use these data for the development of calculating tools that can be used for mobility forecasts. We use these tools together with our clients for the development of plans, evaluation of policy measurements, performing cost benefit analyses and monitoring and evaluating the effects realized policy.

Significance is headed by Barry Zondag, Gerard de Jong and Eric Kroes, and has strong links with leading research institutes and academics worldwide.

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Ticket validation data replacing travel surveys Paris (March, 2014)

Most Public Transport ticket validations that take place in all trains, trams, metro’s and buses in the Paris region are registered in a central data base system called SIDV. Significance has been contracted by the Parisian transport authority STIF to investigate to what extent it will be possible to replace the existing travel surveys by information to be obtained from the SIDV. The results of this “big data” study will be available by the end of the year.
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Transport model (January, 2014)

In 2014 Significance will develop, in association with Goudappel Coffeng and Omnitrans International, the new Transport Model Amsterdam (VMA). This model will be a state of the practice urban, disaggregated transport model in the Netherlands and follow the developments of urban models in cities like Paris, Brussels, Birmingham and Stockholm. 
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A strategic HIGH-TOOL for the EU (December, 2013)

Significance is part of the HIGH-TOOL team that is developing a free and open source, high-level strategic transport model for the European Commission. The objective of HIGH-TOOL is to assess economic, social and environmental impacts of EU transport policy.
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