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Concept and objectives

Urban transport interchanges play a key role as part of public transport networks, facilitating the links between public transportation modes, such as the connection between bus and subway or metropolitan railway. Time saving, urban integration, better use of waiting time and improvement of operational business models are some of the benefits that result from the development of efficient urban interchanges, which aim at:

  • Facilitating the users’ transfer between two or more public transport modes.

  • Coordinating public transport services through the provision of information services at the interchange facilities.

  • Using urban space in an efficient way.

However, although urban transport interchanges are crucial for the improvement of accessibility, there are still problems, gaps or bottlenecks, which are mainly indicated in the coordination among different modes and the use of information systems and management models. Towards this direction, the City-HUB project, bringing together leading experts of design and urban integration, transport operation and business, local and regional authorities and end-users organizations, aims at contributing to the design and operation of seamless, smart, clean and safe intermodal public transport systems. At the same time, the project investigates how these interchanges should be designed in order to ensure that “vulnerable” target groups, i.e. the elderly, youth, physically and mentally handicapped people can adequately benefit from these interchanges.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To test and validate the City-HUB model for the improvement of integrated management approaches to intermodality, monitoring and operations across European countries.

  • To achieve efficient urban interchanges, reducing their carbon footprint, maximizing the value of new technologies for mobility, communications and virtual travel, reducing accidents and encouraging healthier lifestyles.

  • To achieve the widespread implementation of integrated mobility policies for all – providing more opportunities for citizens to access jobs, healthcare, education and training, retail opportunities as well as leisure facilities.

  • To achieve widespread acceptance of public transport planning that meets social, environmental and mobility efficiency criteria in the most economical and effective way.

  • To make a full contribution to the development of intermodality standards, minimum requirements, quality management, benchmark examples and public transport service level in Europe