Rural public transport services in Europe are under pressure, due to a combination of factors including austerity measures, demographic change and poor connectivity in terms of transport and telecommunications infrastructure. The absence of a range of mobility services has resulted in rural areas becoming highly car-dependent, with the inevitable outcome that those without cars are dependent on others for rides, leading to reduced possibilities to actively participate in society.
Main objectives and expectations
Our joint tenderer consortium proposes to:
- Analyze the challenges of mobility in rural areas and the market and the policy context in each of the 28 EU countries (including selected EEA states, North America and Australia)
- Identify current and emerging good practice across all the EU Member States (and third countries) and the different level of innovation
- Work with at least two pilot sites who will demonstrate real-life services where innovative digital solutions and shared mobility services will be tested
- Monitor the pilot aspects of operation and performance on a continuous basis and evaluate the pilot results
- Position the knowledge acquired in the pilot sites within the broader framework, policy and practice of rural mobility in Europe, and their potential for wider application
- Share and discuss the acquired knowledge, results, and recommendations with identified stakeholders
- Devise, plan and implement an awareness-raising campaign about sustainable shared mobility interconnected with Public Transport in European rural areas
The SMARTA project is carried out by 5 European consultants and research institutes from four different Member States having years of experience in the transport sector and mobility policy. The Project leader is MemEx, an independent engineering consultancy company from Italy.