Simplification of payment systems for tickets, introduction of electric vehicles, low cost and comfortable travel conditions. These are just some of the proposals to improve public transport in Pomerania, discussed by participants in the INTERCONNECT seminar in Gdynia, on Thursday, 22 February 2018. Conducted in the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia, the event saw the participation ofnearly 60 people from Pomerania (PL), Warmia and Mazury(PL), and Blekinge region (SE). Most of themwere self-government officials, employees of companies responsible for the organization and implementation of passenger transport, representatives of universities, as well as companies that produce devices and software for public transport. The event was organized by representatives of the Swedish Technological Institute Blekinge, based in Karlskrona, and employees of InnoBaltica.
The 13th of February, the SustainTrans team hosted, within the INTERCONNECT project, a workshop about future regional and cross-border public transport. PhD student Varvara Nikulina lead the workshop, and after a framing of the workshop by Magnus Johansson (chairman of the public transport board in Blekinge), and INTERCONNECT project leader Wiktor Szydarowski, the participants was introduced to strategic sustainable development of transport by senior lecturer and SustainTrans research leader Henrik Ny.
On February 7th, 2018 representatives from Klaipeda, the Hanseatic Institute for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (Rostock), Region Blekinge (Karlskrona), Innobaltica (Gdynia) and Blekinge Institute of Technology (Karlskrona) took part in the first webinar organized in the frame of INTERCONNECT.
Participants went through the schedule outlining the technical aspects - roles, responsibilities, linguistic support - of the seminars which are going to take place in Karlskrona (13.02.2018), Rostock (20.02.2018) Gdynia (22.02.2018) and Klaipeda (8.03.2018). The webinar represented a good opportunity to set the goals and discuss the capitalization of the outcome of the seminars.
On January 30th, 2018 INTERCONNECT project partners took part in the second online meeting to take stock of the situation
Regarding the implementation status, InnoBaltica has been approved as Project Partner 2 by the programme authorities while the Project Partner 9 - Viimsi Municipality - is still waiting for the approval by Estonian authorities to participate in the South Baltic Programme. Furthermore, the first progress reports by the project partners are either under scrutiny or on their way to be sent to the First Level Control.
With reference to single Work Package, in the frame WP2 "Communication and Dissemination", a newsletter will be sent soon in order to keep partners and stakeholders in key areas updated. Being the dissemination of results a fundamental aspect of reaching the largest audience possible, the first short video clips will be realized by the Association of Polish Communes ERB and the Blekinge Institute of Technology. As for WP3 "Evidence, knowledge and experience", a study report will be elaborated based on the public transport policies and case studies collected through templated prepared by the Ass. for Promotion of Hanseatic Institute for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development at the University of Rostock. Finally, as for WP4 "Steering tools and business models", a template will be distributed for evaluating the quality of public transport in the partner areas.
On February 22nd in Gdynia (Poland), project partners of INTERCONNECT project will discuss the challenges of public transport in the region and how to find possible solutions to achieve a common vision. We invite all the stakeholders from Germany, Sweden and Poland that might be interested in discussing the future of public transport in the area.
Here's the complete Agenda and the form to register:
In February 13th in Karlskrona (Sweden), project partners of INTERCONNECT project will discuss the challenges of public transport in the region and how to find possible solutions to achieve a common vision. We invite all the stakeholders from Germany, Sweden and Poland that might be interested in discussing the future of public transport in the area.
Here's the complete Agenda and the form to register:
First study visit as part of the Interconnect project
During the study visit in Nykøbing Falster (Denmark) and Rostock (Deutschland) members of Interconnect project got to know and tested local, regional systems of public transport.
Study visit took place on December 10-12. Hosts of the event were representatives of Guldborgsund Municipality, Hanseatic City of Rostock and HIE-RO (Hanseatic Institute for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development). For the meetings and testing arrived guests from Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland.
Adopted in December 2017 as a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, INTERCONNECT serves as a clear example of change in the public transport system in the Baltic Sea Region. Indeed, the EUSBSR is implemented, among others, by flagships namely a single project, a set of project contributing to the same action or a process. According to the EUSBSR the label of a flagship can be given to a project/process that fulfils certain criteria: it has a high macro-regional impact; it contributes to meeting the objectives, indicators and targets of the EUSBSR; it is related to the implementation of one or more actions of the policy area/horizontal action concerned.
In this regard as INTERCONNECT addresses the opportunity of curbing the car-reliant mobility trend in the South Baltic area by means of user-adjusted and more sustainable public transport services for regional and cross-border travels, the flagship label gives a stronger credibility for our action and helps us reach a wider audience than only the South Baltic Programme stakeholders. In particular, we see an added value of being acknowledged by the EUSBSR in our ambition to connect the stakeholders representing various competence sectors of relevance to the public transport – for the sake of a more systematic cooperation across the state borders. The cooperation with the PA Transport Coordinators, the national transport ministries of the EU-BSR countries and other initiatives connected to it will provide us with a unique opportunity to work out ways to put our findings on the policy level and better embed the public transport issues in the strategic frameworks. We would like to see that cross-border public transport services truly contribute to more intensive cross-border convergence processes and stimulate the sustainable regional growth.
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On Friday 8th December Interconnect PP’s and AP’s took part in the first online meeting, a good chance to take stock and prepare for the next activities after the kick-off meeting in Karlskrona on 4-5th October.
Preparing for designing and implementing of joint cross-border information and ticketing offer in public transport, InnoBaltica Ltd. announced the technical dialogue. It is the way to get an information and knowledge about strengths and weaknesses of already designed and implemented systems and solutions. It’s also a great opportunity to meet experts specialized in IT and billing systems, integration of transport.
The kick-off meeting of the INTERCONNECT project took place in Karlskrona (Sweden) on 4-5th October 2017. Organized by Region Blekinge, the project’s Lead Partner, the event aimed at organizing the work of the partnership while promoting its practical objectives dedicated to the establishment of sustainable cross-border public transport solutions in the South Baltic area.