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Urban and interurban interchanges: Best practices, implications and lessons learn

The project will assess the current situation with respect to the research actions to be achieved, will identify the key actors and their roles, will define indicators and parameters regarding land use, design and operation, innovations, and will address national or cultural differences. In addition, representative pilot case studies have been selected and will be analyzed, identifying best practices, barriers and areas of improvement related with ITS solutions, efficient design and planning, and integrated management.

Expected completion date: May 2013

Development of an efficient and smart design model for transport interchanges

Based on the findings of the state-of-the-art review and the analysis of the pilot case studies, a design model for transport interchanges will be developed. Also, interviews with selected stakeholders will be conducted and travelers’ attitudinal and stated-preference surveys will be carried out, in order to identify key aspects of smart and efficient design, taking into consideration accessibility, connectivity (including soft modes) and information systems.

Expected completion date: October 2013

Integrated management of efficient urban transport interchanges

The project will analyze the organization of interchanges in terms of operational functionality, management, practicalities, services and efficiency in place. The interconnectivity and the integration of information and services including incident, breakdown and emergency management and information will also be analyzed. An integrated management and business model will be developed, based on the analysis of operations, integration of information, cost and revenues distribution, social accessibility, non transport services and impacts on local economies.

Expected completion date: October 2013

Development of the City-HUB model

Gathering the findings of the previous activities, the project will provide methodological guidelines for integrating design and management models, and will develop the City-HUB model, which will consider sensible issues related to energy, operation costs, urban land use and transport systems integration. Innovative instruments will be proposed and guidelines for the improvement of urban interchanges will be defined.

Expected completion date: February 2015

Validation case studies

The solutions that the project will propose for effective and smart design and integrated management will be validated through six case studies. The City-HUB model will also be simulated in the specific case studies, which are: 

Expected completion date: February 2015

Stakeholders’ involvement and European transferability

The involvement of local and regional authorities, transport operators and end-users organizations is foreseen during the project. Key stakeholders on different levels have been identified in order to set up an interactive dialogue process organizing several events, such as three Stakeholder Workshops in March 2013, October 2013 and October 2014.

Expected completion date: February 2015

Dissemination and exploitation of the project’s findings

The project will pay special attention to the spreading of excellence, the exploiting of results and the dissemination of knowledge throughout its duration. Both “on-line” (e.g. website, electronic newsletters, etc.) and “off-line” (e.g. organization of the City-HUB final conference, participation in conferences, etc.) means will be used for the widest possible dissemination of the project’s findings and results and the exploitation of any innovative issues that will be developed during the project’s lifetime.

Expected completion date: February 2015