Sustainable shared mobility interconnected with public transport in European rural areas (demonstrators (SMARTA 2)).

Funding Source: DG MOVE

Duration: SMARTA 2 project started in September 2019 and will last for 18 months.

URL: www.ruralsharedmobility.eu

The “SMARTA 2 – Demonstrators” project is set to design, pilot and assess smart, shared mobility solutions interconnected with public transport in four rural areas of Europe: East Tyrol (Austria), Trikala (Greece), Águeda (Portugal) and Brasov (Romania).

The type of services to be piloted (i.e. carpooling, carsharing and e-bike sharing) will be customized to each rural area’s geographical features, populations and mobility challenges . All piloted solutions will be assessed under the SMARTA evaluation framework. The results of the study will help to explore how sustainable shared rural mobility can be best promoted across Europe, and a set of practical recommendations will be developed thereafter.

To this end, SMARTA 2 will:

  1. Analyse the current mobility landscape in East Tyrol, Trikala, Águeda and Brasov.
  2. Prepare the ground and set-up smart shared mobility services in the pilot-areas, following a participatory approach.
  3. Organise targeted communication campaigns and develop behavioural incentives to support the uptake of the services by the locals.
  4. Monitor and evaluate the pilots’ operation and performance through dedicated data collection methods.
  5. Explore why each demonstrator worked (or not) and share good practices and lessons learnt.

6. Develop the SMARTA2 toolkit that will encourage the uptake of sustainable solutions for shared rural mobility across Europe.

Project consortium

SMARTA2 project is coordinated by Q-PLAN INTERNATIONAL (Greece) and implemented together with White Research (Belgium), Regional Management Osttirol (Austria), e-Trikala S.A. (Greece), Brasov Metropolitan Agency for Sustainable Development (Romania), and the Municipality of Águeda (Portugal). The consortium is scientifically supported by Mr. Brian Leslie Masson, a vastly experienced transport professional with over 44 years’ experience in public transport operations in rural and urban areas.