Started in May 2018, SMARTA – Sustainable shared mobility interconnected with public transport in European rural areas (developing the concept of ‘smart rural transport areas’) is a two-year project which aims to understand the current relevance and future potential of on-demand and shared mobility services integrated with public transport in the European rural areas.
Analysis of rural mobility in Europe and beyond
The SMARTA Scoping Report will become a key reference for European and global stakeholders that seek a comprehensive view of the current state of the art for sustainable mobility in European rural areas. It will define a vision of future ‘smart rural transport areas’ and technical solutions that can be deployed and will develop a robust methodology demonstrating how this smart ‘potential’ will be tested in pilot initiatives
Improving the knowledge on sustainable mobility
During the project the consortium will work with at least two pilot sites addressing real-life services in rural areas where innovative solutions for shared mobility services will be tested. The sites will receive specialized technical assistance on the different pilot aspects and the consortium will monitor operation, performance and evaluation of results to help ensure the service is sustainable and can be rolled out further.
Raising awareness on rural mobility
Awareness raising activities will enhance the understanding of the project’s approach, outcomes and outputs, through the development and use of dissemination and communication tools, including leaflets, brochures, website and social media. Moreover, the consortium will build a network of relevant stakeholders and interested parties that will help to validate findings and will share their views, experiences and needs.