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.
The Bologna Local to Think Global training was successfully delivered online on 16 July by SRM in collaboration with the Association of Engineers of the Bologna province. More than 180 participants attended the webinar focused on the role of DRT for increasing the accessibility of the peripheral areas and their connection with TEN-T. SMACKER pilot findings were also presented to the audience.
The call is open! We want to share SMACKER experience with other organizations interested in developing DRT solutions in peripheral and rural areas and help them in writing an Action Plan! We offer to participants the free assistance of an expert and dedicated training events both online and in-person. Look at the presentation letter and the technical notes. Deadline is on September 8, apply now at this link!
On May 27, Gdynia held an on-site LMF meeting in Chwarzno-Wiczlino with the aim of identifying key bus stop improvements for PT users and the areas predestined for the DRT concept. The improvement of bus stops quality and of the frequency and transparency of PT offer will lead to future possible offers such as DRT, which came out as the most preferable option among respondents.
The call of the Enlarged Transfer Program (ETP) will soon be online! The ETP will involve external stakeholders interested in working on the definition of new DRT services and/or the improvement of existing ones, they will have the opportunity to learn from SMACKER results and to be involved in SMACKER events and webinars: STAY TUNED!
MCPS organized an online Local to Global training on May 26, around 25 key stakeholders took part and the main focus was on sustainable mobility and public transport from the local and global perspective, user needs, nudging activities and the expected impact of the pilot action in north-western part of Prague metropolitan area.
The presentation on the SMACKER approach of nudging initiatives for triggering behaviour change towards sustainable mobility is included in the conference proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society, available at this link.
The SMACKER Project Partners met virtually on 14 May for the 3rd project Plenary Meeting and Steering Committee. The Project Officer and the Financial Officer joined as representatives of the Joint Secretariat. An intense working day to review the activities and results and to mutually update on consequences of COVID-19 emergency. Next meeting will be in Maribor (SI) in November!
Multimodal mobility is a key for better framework conditions in the Osttirol region in Austria. The development of 5 new e-carsharing stations in 4 municipalities is ongoing and start operating in autumn 2020. Residents and tourists will gain experiences on how the combination of e-carsharing and public transport can enhance mobility in rural areas.
In February, 200 users of DRT lines in Budapest were interviewed about their travel habits, satisfaction, preferences and needs.Came out that users are satisfied with the service, but do not like the call based service request. On the joint LMF and LTG training, results were discussed with experts and the importance of an online service request was confirmed.
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.