Stratec possesses a wide range of tools and a diversified know-how within the field of transport economics.

At a time that public budgets must be allocated very carefully, socio-economic studies on transport are crucial to objectify the benefits of projects and prioritize interventions. Stratec performs these studies by using the most sophisticated survey and economic analyses methods

and by always taking into account the users’ behavior in order to really maximize the community benefits. This enables Stratec to provide comprehensive answers to all the aspects and issues related to the transportation of people and goods.

Trans-European Transport Network

Stratec participates in several European studies aiming the implementation of European transport corridors.

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The new infrastructure policy of the European Union consists in establishing an efficient European transport network across the 28 State members in order to promote growth and employment. A central network consisting of 9 core network corridors has been defined to transform the connections on the east-west axis, eliminate bottlenecks, modernize the infrastructure and facilitate the cross-border transport flows of people and goods across the EU.

This network contributes to establish the interconnection between the different transport modes and to achieve the climate change objectives.

Stratec has joined forces with other consulting companies to assist the EU in analyzing networks and flows, and managing the projects concerning the 3 European corridors crossing Belgium, more in specific the corridors North See-Mediterranean, North See-Baltic and Rhine-Alpine.

Transport of goods

Over the years, Stratec has developed cutting-edge expertise regarding the transport of goods,

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and more in specific regarding river transport. We built a multimodal transport model for the whole of Europe integrating demand, networks, and cost function per mode. This model has been refined over the years within the scope of a series of large-scale transnational projects which allowed us to obtain increasingly detailed results. The model seeks to establish demand forecasting and cost-benefit analyses for infrastructure projects (increase of gauge, deepening of anchorage zones, …) or change of use projects (timetables, dredging).

In the domain of freight studies, Stratec has also conducted benchmark studies concerning the revenues and expenses of infrastructure management, the internalization of external costs, the definition and optimization of toll charging, the user’s capacity to pay, and the evaluation of policies.

Transport of people

Stratec has also acquired cutting-edge expertise in public transport.

Within this sector, the interurban and the urban/periurbran railroad systems represent an important domain of activity. In recent years, the Stratec railroad team has been focusing on issues related to the elasticity of the passengers’ demand, and to large-scale infrastructure projects in France, more in specific the “Grand Paris Express” project. Stratec has recently conducted a traffic forecasting study and a socio-economic assessment of the subway of Abidjan for the “Bureau National d’Etudes Techniques et de Développement de Côte-d’Ivoire”.  In addition, Stratec has carried out several rail traffic forecasting studies, such as the “Roissy-Picardie” connection project for “SNCF Réseau” (public interest survey file)

These studies address a wide variety of issues ranging from traffic forecasting; optimization of the supply (provision of services, operating hours …); tariff optimization; valorization of the quality of services from users’ perspective; socio-economic assessment of the project; calculation of the user charges; to energy balance.

While conducting traffic studies, the Stratec engineers use a large range of modelling tools, more in specific specialized transport simulation software such as VISUM, TransCad, CUBE, Saturn, Nodus, … and micro-economic choice behavior modelling tools such as Biogeme, Alogit, …

Project and transport policies assessment

Stratec helps the public authorities to assess their choices and decisions in an objective manner.

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Stratec has performed a large number of socio-economic assessments of transport projects and policies within various contexts (extension of tramway lines; highway investments; automatic subway project “Grand Paris Express”; “Canal Seine-Nord Europe” project, …).  We keep up to date with all the latest advances related to socio-economic assessments, more in specific the Anglo-Saxon methodologies, and integrate them in our cost/benefit analyses. This includes for instance the taking into account of the “wider economic benefits”; the clustering effects generated by the transport projects and their impact on productivity; the densification effects, …

While conducting our studies, we had to apply different types of socio-economic assessment benchmarks, such as the benchmarks of the European Commission, the French instruction framework of Robien and Royal, the British benchmarks, the recommendations of the Brussels Capital Region, … which allows us having a critical look at the different methods and standards.

Ex-post evaluation

In addition, we also assess transport policies in a broader sense,

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Including ex-post evaluations This type of study allows to study and assess the socio-economic impacts of a public policy after its implementation, as well as the impact of the accompanying measures. Stratec conducted this kind of study on the km charge for heavy vehicles in the Walloon Region. We evaluated the impact of the policy on the Walloon companies and Walloon economy, the attractiveness of the Walloon region and the Walloon community.

Our main tools

  • for conducting stated preference and revealed preference surveys
  • Discrete choice models: software packages Biogeme, Alogit 
  • Multimodal transport models: software packages Visum, CUBE, Transcad, Nodus, …
  • Motorway traffic models: Saturn
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Multicriteria analysis
  • SWOT analysis
  • Benchmark

Some key references :

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Commission Européenne

2018 - 2022

Etudes sur les principaux corridors du réseau transeuropéen de transport (RTE-T) : North Sea – Baltic corridor


2018 - 2018

Évaluation socio-économique du Plan d’investissement des axes E411 et N5

Voies Navigables de France

2018 - 2018

Mise à jour de la prévision des trafics Seine-Escaut

Voies Navigables de France

2017 - 2018

Etude de trafics du projet de liaison fluviale Bray-Nogent


2016 - 2019

Etudes sur les impacts socio-économiques de la mise en oeuvre du prélèvement kilométrique intelligent pour poids lourds en Wallonie


2016 - 2016

Evaluation du Contrat de Gestion Déléguée du transport collectif par autobus dans le Grand Casablanca pour la période 2004-2015


2016 - 2016

Etude socio-économique de l’accroissement du gabarit de navigation de la Meuse en région liégeoise

Presentation - French

Commission Européenne

2015 - 2017

Etudes sur les principaux corridors du réseau transeuropéen de transport (RTE-T) : North Sea–Mediterranean corridor

Presentation - French


2015 -

Estimation des coûts marginaux d’entretien du réseau ferré national


2014 - 2016

Etude de Trafic du projet de train urbain d’Abidjan

Société du Grand Paris

2014 - 2017

Appui scientifique pour l’utilisation de modèles de transports par la Société du Grand Paris

Voies Navigables de France

2014 - 2017

Mise à jour de l’évaluation socio-économique du Canal Seine-Nord Europe

Presentation - French