Title: Regions for ITS solutions Network
Type of intervention
Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Total budget: €1,453,776.00
Via Tiziano, 44
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Contact Person: Cinzia Montironi
Phone: +39 071 8063741
Fax: +39 071 8063013
RITS-Net responds to a urgent need to foster sustainability of regional transport policies via the use of Transport Telematics or Intelligent Transport Systems (usually referred to as ITS) solutions at regional level. The recent adoption of the EC Action plan for urban mobility, the ITS Action plan , the EC Directive (2010/40/EU) for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport, and the recently issued With Paper (COM(2011) 144 final) puts more and more emphasis on the use of ITS as a management tool of transport policies. While local ITS implementations already exist in advanced cities, these applications can be very inhomogeneous and generally not interoperable when transport activities spread out the administrative urban boundaries.
Regions, by integrating the ITS component in a comprehensive regional mobility planning can improve their transport policies enhancing on one hand their role of coordinators of local actions,
and on the other assuring harmonization of local ITS applications with the ITS Country plans as required by the ITS Directive.
RITS-Net final objective is to help Regions developing individual ITS regional plans to be integrated in each overall mobility master plan and provide a common methodology to be further replicated.
The partners, composed of Regione Marche (LP); South Dublin County Council; ANATOLIKI SA-Regional Energy Agency of Central Macedonia; Vidzeme Planning Region; Development Centre Litija; Evroregion Pleven – Olt; AustriaTech - Federal Agency for Technological Measures, Autoridad Territorial del Transporte de Gipuzkoa and BIOKOM Pécs City Management, will exchange their mobility policies and practices and the use they make of ITS applications to meet mobility challenges. Via a balanced mix of interregional information, training and exchange of practices sessions together with a series of 7 thematic workshops, partner regions will investigate further the full potential
of ITS solutions in the process of planning and implementing their strategies, covering both technical and non-technical aspects. In this context, cross-matching will be made between partners presenting good practices and regions willing ‘to import’ them. This will be reinforced by the collection of the best ITS solutions in use by non-partner regions, gathered in a digital Tool-box. As the ITS planning requires not only technical knowledge, but mostly organisational capacities, partners will proceed at European and local level in parallel, building the necessary knowledge about ITS solutions from European experiences, while progressively involving local stakeholders in the definition of their ITS visions.
At the end, the partners will be able to extract from the RITS-Net exchanges, the main lessons to formulate their own ITS plans adapted to the specific local contexts. The poject will be summarised in the RITS-Net booklet and made available to other regions for further replication.
The major objective of RITS-Net (Regions for Intelligent Transport Solutions Network) was the development of individual, regional ITS Action Plans, responding to the urgent need to foster sustainability of regional transport policies via the use of Intelligent Transport Systems solutions. While existing strategic documents and legal frameworks at EU and national level put emphasis on interoperability and continuity of ITS systems and services, applications at local level can be very fragmented and inhomogeneous and generally not interoperable when transport activities spread out the administrative boundaries of the cities. The main added-value of RITS-Net was to propose an approach to align and harmonize all diverse sets of local and regional interests, actions and regulations with the ITS country plans as required by the EC ITS Directive (2010/40/EU).
Project experience revealed how the regional level is suited - on the one hand - to coordinate and steer the development and deployment of local services and systems and – on the other hand - to ensure harmonization with the higher-level plans.
The project started on January 2012 and counted 9 partners from various parts of Europe: Marche Region (the Lead Partner), South Dublin County Council, Central Macedonia, Vidzeme Region, Municipality of Litija, Pleven Region, Austriatech, Gipuzkoa Transport Authority and the City of Pécs. Via a balanced mix of training and exchange of practices sessions, together with a series of 7 public thematic workshops, the partners investigated the full potential of ITS solutions in the process of planning and implementing their mobility strategies.
At the end, the partners extracted from the RITS-Net exchanges, the main lessons to formulate their own ITS action plans adapted to the specific regional contexts in cooperation with local working groups of key stakeholders. General guidelines for replication have been drafted, taking stock of the knowledge shared and lessons learnt.
In the course of the project 7 thematic workshops have been successfully completed, exploring the use of ITS for 7 specific themes. These are: ‘Emergency management and incident’ (in Pleven), ‘Traffic management and mobility’ (in Valmiera), ‘Parking & automatic payment’ (in Pecs), ‘User information ‘ (in Senigallia), ‘Management of public transport’ (in Thessaloniki), ‘Advanced control of vehicles and incident’ (in Dublin), and ‘Fleet management and Freight’ (in Ljubljana).
In parallel, the project has been collecting best practices Europe wide, making them available via a digital map on the website. In addition, a toolbox to facilitate the drafting of ITS Action plans is available on the web.
Eight Regional ITS Action Plans for the eight participating regions are now available and can be downloaded from the RITS-Net website. The partners also completed feasibility studies for the creation of integrated ICT platforms as specific measures of the plans. The measures chosen by the partners reflect the particular challenges they face in implementing their regional policies. They studies range from e-ticketing ITS solutions to travel planners applications, to parking management and automatic payment systems. Some partners carried out more general studies as the use of ITS in their region is not yet developed.
The project lasted 3 years and ended on 31 December 2014.
|Institution, Town||Country||Region||Contact details|
|Marche Region, Ancona||ITALY||Marche||+39 071 8063741
|South Dublin County Council, Tallaght||IRELAND||Southern and Eastern||+353 1 4149000
|Mallorca Transport Consortium, Palma||SPAIN||Illes Balears||+34 971 91 31 91
|ANATOLIKI SA-Regional Energy Agency of Central Macedonia (REACM), Thermi||GREECE||Kentriki Makedonia||+30 2310 463930
|Vidzeme Planning Region, Cēsis||LATVIA||Latvija||+371 67770389
|Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia, Litija||SLOVENIA||Zahodna Slovenija||+ 386 1 8962 710
|Evroregion Pleven - Olt, Pleven||BULGARIA||Severozapaden||00359 64 821033
|Municipality of Eger, Eger||HUNGARY||Eszak-Magyarorszag||00/36/36/523.733
|AustriaTech - Federal Agency for Technological Measures Ltd., Vienna||AUSTRIA||Wien||0043 1 2633444 45
|Gipuzkoa Territorial Transport Authority, San Sebastian||SPAIN||País Vasco||0034 943005959
|BIOKOM Nonprofit Kft., Pécs||HUNGARY||Del-Dunantul||+36 20 980 8781