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CIVITAS Forum Conference 2014

23/09/2014 to 26/09/2014

Urban mobility and social inclusion - Planning accessibility for more sustainable cities

The 12th edition of the annual CIVITAS Forum Conference took place between 23rd and 26th September 2014 in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco.

Casablanca was the first non-European city hosted the CIVITAS forum conference. The choice of Casablanca as CIVITAS forum 2014 host officially sealed the cooperation in the urban mobility field between the EuroMed transport project stakeholders and the CIVITAS Initiative.


In September 2014 Casablanca hosted the CIVITAS Forum, an annual event organised as part of the EU CIVITAS 2020 Initiative to bring together the representatives of the CIVITAS Forum Network's member cities and of the EuroMed region: policy makers, urban planners, mobility experts and politicians to present and discuss transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility, accessibility and socio-spatial inequalities.

Following the experience of Casablanca as well as of many European cities, the leading theme of the CIVITAS Forum 2014 was the accessibility and social inclusion a key factor in urban mobility and city planning. From a spatial and mobility stand-point, accessibility can be considered a pertinent concept while analysing the problem of socio-spatial inequalities and also while investigating how the coordination of urban mobility, spatial planning and institutional governance can play a relevant role in making cities more accessible for all.

All CIVITAS and EuroMed stakeholders were invited to attend the conference and benefit from the rich 4 days-programme. The conference took place at HYATT Regency Hotel just in the heart of the city and very closed to the Medina, the historical city center of Casablanca.

The CIVITAS FORUM 2014 programme is available for download in the right side column of the page.

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The City of Casablanca

With over 4 million inhabitants, Casablanca is one of the largest and most important cities of Africa, praising a rich mix of European and African influence and hosting one of the biggest African artificial ports. A modern, thriving and prosperous city, “Casa”, as it is familiarly called by its citizens, presents a complex and often contradictory façade that mixes together European colonial boulevards with huge African-style traffic jams as well as the ornate architecture of Hassan II Mosque.

Thanks to a rich port activity Casablanca has experienced and continues to have a quick urban development. The City is developing its role both as cultural and economic capital at national and regional level, also launching several urban projects and improving urban mobility.
The development of the system of public transport in Casablanca started in the fifties and is considered one of the oldest in Africa.

To cope with the strong increasing urbanization in a region with more than 11 million daily trips, local authorities have undertaken the development of an urban transport plan (PDU) in 2009. With proactive and ambitious goals, the PDU is the results of an efficient, integrated and modern urban transport.

The first result of this plan was the launch of the first tramway line in December 2012. With a line of 31 km and 48 stops tram provide service to the city center and peripheral mixed social component areas.

Social inclusion is an important element of the development strategy of the City of Casablanca. Once the integration with the bus network will be competed, the tram line is expected to carryaround 250,000 passengers per day. After the first year of service of the first tram line and considering the success among users, the city of Casablanca decided to enlarge the tram network into a  sustainable and environmental friendly mass transit system.

Finally, to ensure a sustainable public transport planning, Casablanca is the only City in the Partner Countries of the European EuroMed Road, Rail and Urban Transport - EuroMed RRU - to have established a transport authority. The AODU (Organizing Authority for Urban Transport) founded in 2008 together with Casa Transport Company are responsible for the public transport lines by ensuringa successful integration of public transport.

Country: Morocco

A. Plenary session I: Urban Mobility and Social Inclusion

B. Session 1: Urban clean vehicle strategies

C. Session 2: Easy, shared and widespread cycling

D. Fringe Session: Masterclass Design Behavioural Interventions

E. Politicians’ Session Which role for transport and cities in promoting social equality?

F. Pecha Kucha Session

G. Brokerage Event: Getting the most out of CIVITAS 2020

H. Session 3: Clean and light urban freight

I. Plenary session 2: The Structural Role of Public Transport in Urban Mobility

J. Session 4: Urban mobility governance and fi nancing: better practices for the EuroMed Region

K. Session 5: Sharing is the new having

L. Session 6: Better practices in Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)

M. Session 7: Making transportation more accessible through open data

N. Session 8: Safer roads for children and seniors

O. Session 9: Urban design and new approaches for more liveable cities

P. Session 10: Urban mobility cooperation initiatives in the EuroMed Region

Q. Session 11: Tackling urban road congestion with smart and soft solutions

R. Session 12: Which future for Public Transport?

S. Session 13: CIVITAS Plus results: lesson learned from the previous CIVITAS edition

T. Training session: How to engage different social groups in urban mobility?

U. Session 15: ESI Funds and EIB: how they can effectively contribute to sustainable urban mobility

V. Closing Plenary Session

More Information

City of Casablanca

Visit Casablanca


National Railways

Mdina Bus

Casablanca Transports

Casablanca Tramway Operator

Casablanca Map with Tram line



TAXIS: Small taxis (are red) provide travel within cities. Large taxis (are white) provide services in the city, intercity or excursions on request. Taxis can be collective.

How to reach Casablanca airport?

  • By train: A railways station ONCF is present in the airport terminal, with trains every hour, the price varies between 40 and 60 dhs.
  • White taxis are also available at the airport: the price is about 300 dhs

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