Remote regions in central Europe share the same risks and issues related to being at the periphery of main transport networks. Inadequate and under-used services, excessive costs, lack of last-mile services and proper intermodality, poor communication and information to users and car commuting are the challenges that many central European regions face.
The SMACKER project will address those disparities to promote public transport and mobility services that are demand-responsive and that connect local and regional systems to main corridors and transport nodes.
The SMACKER partners will assess main barriers and address them by providing solutions that draw on the best international know-how.
Soft measures (e.g. behaviour change campaigns) and hard measures (e.g. mobility service pilots) will be used to identify and promote eco-friendly solutions for public transport in rural and peripheral areas to achieve more liveable and sustainable environments, better integration of the population to main corridors and better services feeding main public transport. SMACKER will help local communities to re-design their transport services according to user needs and encourage people to use them.
Visitors to the Pomurje region, Slovenia, mostly reach their destination by car and use it as their primary mean of transport, mainly because tourist attractions and spa resorts are not easily accessible with public transport. The Slovenian pilot aims at establishing a sustainable connection between the spa town of Moravske Toplice and Expano, by the Sobota Lake.
Building competences of stakeholders on public transport accessibility with special emphasis on Demand Responsive Transport is at the core of Local to Global Trainings. The trainings bring global best practices and initiatives to regional level where they are coupled with specific circumstances of each pilot area.
The city district Prague-Suchdol started cooperation with students of the University of Life Sciences on SMACKER. The team visited a class at the Faculty of Engineering to present its pilot activities and provide instructions for conducting surveys on users mobility needs in Suchdol area, whose results will serve as input for MCPS pilot action.
On February 6, Gdynia held a meeting with Chwarzno-Wiczlino District Council on SMACKER; data collected on mobility preferences and behavior of residents of Gdynia’s pilot area were discussed, as well as a catalogue of possible pilot solutions with focus on optimisation of existing PT, better passenger information and possible implemetation of DRT in pilot area.
For the implementation of SMACKER pilot actions, the understanding of political and legal framework is essential. This report provides an overview of political and legal framework related to public transport of the EU and into legislation of six partner countries – Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. Insight in regions’ specifics delineates different basic conditions in which SMACKER pilot actions will be implemented.
Bologna pilot will run from June 2020. The DRT service network in the Apennine area was designed involving the stakeholders through the Local Mobility Forum (LMF), which is participated by local authorities and touristic and economic operators. LMF ensures a constant support providing ideas and suggestions for developing the pilot action, guaranteeing the contribution of non-experts (Community of Interest), practitioners (Community of Practice) and policy makers during all the pilot phases.
SMACKER released a “Review of service level and technical level for rural and peripheral areas”, an analysis of the literature on existing Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) services in the Central Europe area, taking in account the lessons learned from previous and ongoing European projects and last implementations. Good and bad practices are analyzed, with a particular attention to technical developments and solutions, including possible adaptation of technologies planned for other purposes.
In this section you can find SMACKER most relevant deliverables.