Timișoara staff exchange and site visits summarized in one video!
EU regions are experiencing growing levels of air pollution, CO2 emissions, traffic congestion. In a situation of general lack of financial resources for big infrastructural investments, the development of sustainable multimodal mobility becomes one of the EU key challenges. To be more efficient, mobility systems require a greater integration at each territorial level. Therefore, to overcome the current barriers, EU regions need integrated strategies enhancing an effective modal interchange and a higher integration between land use and transport planning processes.
MATCH-UP project focuses on the optimization of the places where people change between transport modes. By considering 4 main types of low-carbon means of transport (Walking/cycling; Rail transport; Public transport; Green vehicles), MATCH-UP aims at achieving significant improvements of modal interchange within 4 involved countries (IE, DE, PT, RO).
The overall objective is to embed multimodal mobility strategies into the Project Partners’ policy instruments (i.e. two ROPs funded by Structural Funds and 2 local policies) by defining design requirements concerning interchange nodes and transport services for managing and coordinating the interchange, and by developing tools and methods to assess different policies and design scenarios and to define the priority level of multimodal actions.
The interregional and multilevel exchange of experience process, through various activities as staff exchanges, site visits and the involvement of local stakeholder groups (e.g. policy makers, managing authorities, transport service providers) will increase skills and knowledge among policy makers and other public administration staff, thus influencing their capacity to promote new initiatives towards sustainable mobility.
Beside Project Partners and local stakeholder groups, MATCH-UP will reach other Target Groups through local dissemination activities as Mobility Cafes and interregional public conferences.
The Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme (OP) 2014-2020 identifies urban development needs, bottlenecks and growth potentials, including the need for further investment to promote uptake of public transport and eco-friendly modes of transport, other than private motorcars. The OP outlines the need for continued development of low-carbon transport infrastructure including public transport, cycling and electrically powered vehicles.
The main OBJECTIVE in relation to MATCH-UP topic is the promotion of low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures.
The PRIORITIES are:
- to achieve reduced emissions from transport in accordance with the Commission paper;
- to support low carbon urban mobility in designated urban centres;
- to contribute to meeting Ireland’s EU2020 targets for reduced GHG emissions from transport;
- to support the attainment of Ireland’s Smarter Travel Policy target of 20% point increase in non private car commuting.
The policy instrument should be improved in the definition of the strategies for integrating all the multimodal urban mobility initiatives. The OP gives priority to cycling, walking and public transport facilities, but there is a need to improve the strategy for the projects selection in order to multiply the benefits of the low-carbon transport modes addressed by each single project.
The selected policy instrument (priority axis 3, investment priority 4e, Specific objective SZ11) is designed to reduce CO2-emissions in different sectors and within IP4e especially by future investments in alternative low-CO2-emitting drive technologies and sustainable mobility solutions.
Studies for Lower Saxony investigated that the shift from cars to CO2-saving means of transport would mean a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of about 40% to 70%. Accordingly, the foreseen strategies to reduce CO2-emissions focus on the alternative drives esp. in road traffic and on the shift to less energy-intensive transport modes. This shall result in an increased availability of charging devices for electric and other energy-saving drives, which enables the use of such drive technologies. Furthermore, the access to CO2-saving transport chains shall be improved and CO2-saving offers in urban-rural mobility shall be increased in order to replace motorised private transport.
The policy instrument should be IMPROVED and/or extended by addressing a more integrated approach when aiming at improved mobility options in the region. Thus, when targeting at new and multi-modal mobility offers, also the issues demand-oriented supply and the planning of rural and urban areas, e.g. design of stops and stations in town renewal projects need to be considered in order to enable the implementation of respective measures.
The Mobility Pacts, geared towards the establishment of protocols between several agents that intervenes in mobility and traffic, deals with mobility and traffic issues and are an important effort for the improvement of low-carbon mobility through the adoption of innovative and sustainable solutions. They were a key result of the CIVITAS MIMOSA project and today are the most relevant policy instrument held by the Municipality for a better insight of the mobility patterns in the city.
Notably the Mobility Pacts were signed in 2012 by the Municipality and the relevant mobility stakeholders which agreed to work together in order to contribute towards a more sustainable mobility strategy.
The mobility pacts main OBJECTIVES and PRIORITIES are:
• Establish a shared and consensual vision for the city's mobility strategy, based on a modal shift towards public transport, walking, cycling and green vehicles;
• Active involvement of the Municipality as well as relevant stakeholders, citizens and institutions in this challenge;
• Promoting land use planning less dependent from private car
The signing of the Mobility Pacts allowed to start implementing such mobility strategy; today Funchal needs to IMPROVE the Mobility Pacts contents by defining a more structured mobility planning, more integrated with land-use planning. In this perspective improving modal interchange could be a core issue and a more explicit challenge.
The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for Timisoara Growth Pole has been approved by the Municipality of Timisoara in December 2015 (REP/238624/DSUMP001) and is the strategic document for developing measures, projects and investment priorities towards a sustainable mobility. It covers the territories of Timisoara and other 15 smaller municipalities and aims at enhancing economic growth, social and environmental protection of Timisoara Growth Pole. The SUMP purpose is therefore to enable the development of a sustainable mobility in this territory.
The SUMP STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES are: 1) accessibility; 2) safety and security for passengers; 3) environment thus reducing air and noise pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption; 4) efficiency and effectiveness in terms of cost on passenger transport and freight; 5) quality of the urban environment.
The Action Plan of the SUMP presents the major interventions that should take place in the next coming period (2016-2030) in order to improve the mobility situation in Timisoara and its peri-urban communities.
Although the Action Plan addresses the issue of multimodality and some multimodal transport solutions are envisaged (e.g. the “park&ride” system) a more integrated approach towards a multimodal transportation strategy is actually missing. Such approach could help enhancing alternative means of transportation already in place or towards which a clearer investment strategy should be focused.
Timișoara staff exchange and site visits summarized in one video!
The first project video of MATCH-UP has been released
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MATCH-UP site visit and project meeting in Timișoara
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Development of a new phone App for improving tourism mobility in Funchal
Already moving for the next European mobility week in Cork, Ireland
Second inter-regional meeting of the project was held in Funchal to start discussing about multi-modality good practices and sustainable mobility.
MATCH-UP project partners will meet next week in Funchal, Madeira, to get a better understand of multimodality transition in the city.