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In all analysed regions there are tickets for passengers who do not use public transport regularly, but occasionally or for a single journey (single-journey/hour/24-hour tickets). There are also seasonal tickets (30-day/monthly/90-day/semester tickets) for passengers who use public transport regularly to meet their daily travel needs. Among regions under analysis, Bleckinge and Pomorskie provide the largest offer of public transport tickets.

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Rostock Guldborgsund

The Rostock-Guldborgsund team discussed on 11.4.2019 before stared the fine tuning of updated action plan for further regional integration across Baltic. The regiopolis city of Rostock and Guldborgsund are twin cities. The still too formal town twinning should be filled with citizens life; the Regiopolis city of Rostock has enormouse attraction. In addition: the now attractive cross border transport infrastructure is to be experienced in practice; one can easily use the ferry to Denmark without a car in order to comfortably reach one's destination. The intermodal transport chain consisting of public transport - ferry - public transport works; the timetables are harmonised.

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On the one hand, the mobility of society contributes to social and economic development, on the other, generates adverse effects (congestion, accidents, pollution of environment, noise, etc.). In order to counteract excessive negative impact of transport it is necessary to rationalize the division of tasks between public and individual (mainly private cars) transport. Sustainable transport especially in cities requires reduced number and distance of travels made by the inhabitants. Therefore, the sustainable transport development requires proper spatial development and optimal public transport development.

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To make planning, management and organization of public transport effective it is necessary to assign particular tasks to entities responsible for them. In the analysed regions the responsibility for public transport operation is divided between local governments, public transport authorities and specialized departments in city halls and municipal offices.

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The South Baltic regions which constitute the area of research within INTERCONNECT project include:
Blekinge (Sweden), Guldborgsund (Denmark), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Pomorskie Voivodeship (Poland), the City of Rostock (Germany) and Viimsi Municipality, (Estonia).

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The EU passenger car fleet grew by 4.5% from 2012 to 2016 (the number of vehicles on the road went from 241 to 252 million). The growing trend as for the number of private cars can be observed in almost all countries subject to analysis (table 3). Research conducted in Sweden shows that 83% of their households have got at least one private car (in Poland 63%, inΒ Denmark 60%).
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To change the inhabitants’ travel behaviour and encourage as many of them as possible to use public transport instead of private cars subsequent local governments in various countries decide to introduce zero-fare public transport services. We can observe a wide range of various solutions applied. Depending on the conditions fare-free travels apply to: school children, people of certain age (most often seniors), people registered within a particular area, residents of a particular country, and all people without any exceptions (including tourists).

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The offer of public transport, its quality and share in modal split affect the EU inhabitants' quality of life. The reduction in the number of travels by private cars contributes to limiting the costs of congestion, volume of emitted noise and air pollution as well as the number of road accidents.

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By definition, public transport is β€œa system of vehicles such as buses and trains that operate at regular times on fixed routes and are used by the public”. The four basic aims of public transport operation include:
β€’provide access to employment, education, retail, health, recreational facilities, etc.
β€’ensuring the possibility to travel for all inhabitants who cannot or do not want to use private cars;
β€’providing travels compared to which the use of private car is ineffective for economic, time-based or ecological reasons;
β€’being the actual alternative to private car.

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Meeting in Rostock

On 11.4.2019 the Interconnect partner network of Rostock (containing City of Rostock, RSAG -local transport association and regional planning association region Rostock) invited to a joint activity WP 5.1 and 5.2 workshop to the Hanseatic City of Rostock. Rostock is WP 5 leader of the INTERCONNECT project. Most of Rostock's activities with WP partners will be implemented in 2019, considering the first outcomes from other work packages.

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Meeting with Stena Line

On Monday the 11th of March a meeting took place in Karlskrona between Stena Line and Region Blekinge including Blekingetrafiken. Purpose of the meeting was to investigate how the new ticket system Blekingetrafiken is implementing could work together with the booking system of Stena Line. First step is to investigate deeper how these two systems could communicate. The long-term goal for the cooperation is a one ticket solution for the ferry passengers travelling with no car between Blekinge (Sweden) and Pomorskie Region (Poland). Participants in the meeting were Anders Hellberg, Fredric Torstensson, Magnus Forsberg, Lars Karlinius and Mattias Andersson.

INTERCONNECT Report: Feasibility study for the two pilot PT lines in the regional system

The InnoBaltica Ltd. has published a report about the project INTERCONNECTΒ  and the WP 4.3. The aim of this study is to support decision-making and implementation processes in the introduction of a public transport toll collection system common for all transport organisers and transport undertakings. The system may be used for intraregional and international connections. This study presents the objectives and principles underlying the introduction of a uniform toll collection system, the most important information and analyses concerning economic, technological and legal factors influencing the system, as well as the concept of its pilot implementation.

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Report: Policies, Projects & best Practices

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) flagship project INTERCONNECT addresses the challenge of curbing the car-reliant mobility trend in the South Baltic (SB) are through user-adjusted and more sustainable public transport services for regional and cross- border travels. The current public transport offer hardly meets customer expectations for easines and attractiveness of regional and cross-border journeys, with scarce range of integrated ticket options for multimodal rides, difficult access to one-spot passenger information and no clear benefits for users when choosing the public transport over car.

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Good practices and projects

Infrastructure and technical facilities

The importance of infrastructure has for instance been highlighted by the good practice of the integrated regular interval timetable. In order to allow certain departure as well as arrival times, trains have to reach certain speeds. To form a proper network across modes and for convenient transfer the vehicles have to also meet at certain node stations at defined intervals. These measures are usually not possible without infrastructural adaptations since investments in e.g. new stations, transport routes and the fleet can be necessary for meaningful time-table changes.

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A strategic sustainability approach to frame the study

Society seeks to move the transport sector towards sustainability, but operational plans for how this shall be achieved, over and above reaching fossil fuel independence, are still missing. Planning for any societal system to develop towards sustainability includes many complicated tasks. To effectively deal with such considerations, there is a need for a framework with principles for sustainability that are universal for any sector as boundary conditions for redesign (i.e., covering all aspects of sustainability regardless of scale) and with guidelines for how any organization or sector can create economically feasible step-by-step transition plans to comply with the boundary conditions.

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