Under Shift2Rail, the EC will more than triple its funding of railway research to \u20ac450m between 2014 and 2020 compared with \u20ac155m for the previous period. This will be matched by \u20ac470m from the railway industry. Manufacturers Alstom, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier, CAF, Siemens, and Thales together with infrastructure managers Network Rail in Britain and Trafikverket in Sweden have already pledged \u20ac270m.\r\nShift2Rail has ambitious targets as it is aimed at reducing railway life-cycle costs by 50%, doubling capacity, and increasing reliability by up to 50%. By doing this, the EC believes rail can increase its share of passenger transport, which has remained fairly constant at 6%, and reverse rail's decline in freight market share which has dropped from 11.5% in 2000 to 10.2% today.\r\nThe research under Shift2Rail will focus on five areas:\r\n\r\ndeveloping a new generation of high-capacity trains\r\ndeveloping intelligent traffic management and control systems\r\nproviding reliable, high-quality infrastructure while at the same time reducing track noise, cutting costs, and developing intelligent maintenance\r\nproviding integrated ticketing and journey planners using innovative IT, and\r\nimproving logistics and intermodal freight.\r\n\r\nShift2Rail will the pool resources of virtually all railway suppliers to accelerate the development of new technologies and bring them to market, while operators and infrastructure managers will try to ensure that research is aimed at providing what they need.\r\nMr Siim Kallas, the EC's vice-president responsible for transport, says rail needs to innovate if it is to carry more passengers and freight. "This public private partnership is a major breakthrough, it will drive innovation to reduce the costs of rail services, increase capacity and provide more reliable, frequent rail services for customers," says Kallas.\r\n"Shift2Rail will bring together on a large scale for the first time in our history, industry, railway undertakings, urban operators, infrastructure managers, SMEs and research centres\/academia from all over the European Union to solve our collective transport challenges," says Mr Philippe Citro\u00ebn, director general of the European Rail Industry Association (Unife), which is coordinating the project.