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A tender for the Pomeranian integrated FALA ticket

On 20th December 2019 the Interconnect project partner Innobaltica announced an open tender for the implementation in the area of the Pomeranian Voivodeship of a charges collecting system for transportation in collective passenger transport and a consistent passenger information system, common for both coordinators and carriers.

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FALA – the integrated ticket for the Pomeranian Voivodeship

This year one of the most modern integrated payment system in public transport will start functioning in Pomerania Voivodeship. Responsible for the implementation of the project officially known as “Increasing the availability of regional rail transport in the Pomeranian Voivodeship through its integration with local transport” is the local company Innobaltica, the Interconnect project partner.

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Partnership meeting in Rostock, Germany

By Svetlana Sukhova

23 participants from partner regions in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania and Estonia attended the INTERCONNECT partnership meeting, which took place on 5th of December 2019, in Rostock, Germany in the main building of the city of Rostock administration.

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Boosting Cross-Border Regions through better transport

On the 14th of November, Interconnect participated in the conference "Boosting Cross-Border Regions through better transport" which took place in Brussels and was organized by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport.

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Interconnect regional seminar 18.10.2019 - Karlshamn, Sweden

Region Blekinge together with HIE-RO (Pawel Warszycki) and Team Red (Matthias Nuessgen) at the request of PP4, Hanseatic City of Rostock were contributing to the regional seminar & workshop with proposals on how to initiate a cross‐sectoral dialogue on public transport in the South Baltic area and how to integrate the cross‐border perspective of public transport services in the sustainable development policies of the partner areas (Friday, 18 October, 09:30-15:30, Karlshamn, Sweden).

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Information system and Renewable Energy

By Marco Mazouzi, Marian Cihon, Pawel Warszyck

Although the importance of integrating information technology into transport is highlighted by the EC’s White Paper on Transport from 2011, the challenge of providing favourable passenger information systems (across borders) is not yet sufficiently reflected by the described EU policies.
The German government names, however, that digital innovation shall be utilised more strongly such as for interconnected real-time information, digital planning as well as automated and connected driving. Estonia’s national policy refers to information systems by its goal to introduce smart mobility and intelligent transport systems. Similar intentions have also been mentioned in the described policy documents Sweden, Poland and Denmark.

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Ticketing

According to the EC (2001: 13), “smart inter-modal ticketing, with common EU standards that respect EU competition rules is vital”. However, the ambition of providing (cross-border) ticketing standards is not (yet) reflected as a main focus in the described EU policy documents.

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Cross-border solutions

By Marco Mazouzi, Marian Cihon, Pawel Warszyck

The cross-border dimension, as referred to in the White Paper on Transport from 2011 or the EUSBSR, is addressed by the fact that the single European market and transport area includes all EU member states. Hence, it is aimed at integrating national public transport systems to form a larger single network instead of keeping a puzzle of national patchworks of infrastructure, technological and incompatible standards and rules. A single, competitive, efficient, sustainable, interoperable and multimodal transport system will support the EU’s cohesion processes and ensure future economic growth, job creation and a high quality of life for its citizens. Competition of transport services should be possible within the EU without obstacles across borders. This is also reflected in the German coalition agreement where the improvement of cross border mobility to strengthen
the European cohesion is named.

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Urban-Rural Linkages

By Marco Mazouzi, Marian Cihon, Pawel Warszyck

Urban-rural linkages are addressed by EU policy on transport such as by the White Paper on Transport from 2011 as well as by the EUSBSR by e.g. concentrating on the accessibility of remote areas or areas with underdeveloped infrastructure. Urban-rural linkages are also highlighted by referring to urban transport and commuting as an important area where the consumption of fossil fuels can be reduced, i.e. “cleaner” mobility can be promoted by higher energy efficiency and a fleet using alternative propulsion systems, a higher share of public transport in general and better infrastructure for e.g. walking and cycling (EC 2011: 8).
Swedish national policy on transport (the National Infrastructure Plan) addresses spatial accessibility by e.g. supporting rail infrastructure development and enabling combinations of efficient door to door travel chains with different modes of transport and improved traffic information, online and digitized infrastructure.

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POLICIES, PROJECTS AND BEST PRACTICES: ESTONIA

By Marco Mazouzi, Marian Cihon, Pawel Warszyck

Transport Development Plan 2014 – 2020


The Transport Development Plan for 2014-2020 is a national-level policy elaborated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications as well as the Ministry of the Interior, Estonian Road Administration and local governments. It provides a framework of guidelines that mostly public authorities use for developing the transport sector until 2020.

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