Project Details

Title: European model for Public Transport Authority as a key factor leading to transport sustainability.
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 30th Jun 2014
Website: http://www.eptaproject.eu


Total budget: €1,342,947.42
ERDF contribution: €961,184.68

Lead partner

SRM - Networks and Mobility
Via A. Magenta, 16
40128, Bologna

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    • Contact Person: Dora Ramazzotti
      Phone: +39 051 361328
      Fax: +39 051 361260

Project summary

The EU has established policy goals to achieve a more sustainable transport system.The complexity of meeting the mobility needs of all its citizens requires a clearer vision and an effective and coordinated governance approach. It is important for policy makers and local governments to coordinate competences among different stakeholders at different levels within a clear and proper policy framework. In order to increase transport sustainability, with specific actions on public transport, different approaches were already adopted, among which the establishment of specific authorities. These authorities (Public Transport Authorities–PTAs or Organising Authorities–OAs) act in the public interest and ensure a well functioning integrated transport system within their territory, but competencies and tasks are often different, making it difficult to identify a successful MODEL. PTA as entity can be centralised (office in the local government) or decentralised (separate public owned company)

depending on political choice.The EPTA proposal aims at increasing public transport sustainability focussing on environmental, energy and economic aspects through the identification of a MODEL of PTA as a powerful tool of governance.As a strategy the use of 3 leverages such as Quality, Efficiency and Efficacy will be applied to the 7 key activities related to public transport sector governance: Regulate, Plan, Tender/Award, Integrate, Promote, Manage, Control. The key concept is that these 7 activities should be concentrated in a single body able to support policy makers and involve relevant stakeholders. Good practices across Europe will be identified, collected and transferred into regional development policies, to produce, as final result, a transferable and customizable MODEL to be adopted for the successful implementation or re-organization of a PTA. The consortium is made of 11 partners (PTAs, a Region, Local Governments, a Network and a University with Internationally recognised

key expertise in public transport) from 9 EU Regions and 1 from Norway. The project is designed to include partners representing the main competences involved in mobility governance and embrace different perspectives on the issue.The EPTA structure provides an ideal context for exchanging experiences and good practices regarding PTAs activities and mission. The work planned includes: 1)exchange and sharing of experience on how to develop and operate a PTA through a series of training courses and workshops; 2)consolidation and transfer of good practices among involved areas; 3)promotion of policy tools and regulatory guidelines at local, regional, national levels for PTA establishment and organization.The project outcomes and durable results include: experiences exchange to increase skills and awareness among key policy makers on PTA MODEL for improving sustainable, economic and energy efficiency in public transport. Positive social side effects will also result as indirect added value.

Project achievements

EPTA project has the objective to identify a European model for Public Transport Authorities (PTA), as a tool to enhance transport sustainability. EPTA consortium networks 11 partners belonging to 9 different countries and representing different organizations, with very different experiences and skills: existing and consolidated PTAs work together with Local Authorities, Metropolitan Agencies and research institutions for exchanging experiences, raising knowledge and overcoming the lack of coordination among the different actors involved in public transport (PT) governance. The project was approved at the end of 2011, activities officially started in February 2012 and were closed in June 2014, with the official Final Conference held in Brussels (28 May 2014). First project workshop (WS1), focused on EPTA pillars and key case studies, was host in May 2012 by the University of Aberdeen; WS2 and first Training Course (TC1), dealing with feasibility studies and mobility planning, where

held in Thessaloniki (Sept.12); WS3 and TC2, about co-modality and PTAs daily activities, took place in Brasov (Nov.12); WS4 and TC3, about service tendering, were held in Almada (Mar.13); WS5 and TC4, about service promotion and funding, in Stavanger (Jun.13), WS6 and TC4, focused on service contract management, took place in Razlog (Oct. 13) and WS7 and TC5 on service monitoring and quality management were held in Prague (Mar. 14).All these events had the double objective and result of enhancing the exchange of experiences among partners (at both horizontal and vertical level) and to disseminate project results and best practices to different stakeholders. EPTA partners identified more than 50 good practices - dealing with PTA establishment, running, activities and key weaknesses/strengths- that were collated in project deliverable D3.1(Case studies collection),drafted by UNIABDN and SRM. D3.1 proved to be a key tool for partners to develop their feasibility studies,as it provides a

collection of significant experiences,success factors and critical issues to be considered when establishing/implementing a PTA.The results achieved by partners in transferring these practices at site level were collected in D4.3 “Practices into action”. SRM ,Almada City Council, Rogaland County Council, Municipality of Razlog, Brasov Metropolitan Agency, Thessaloniki PTA, Municipality of Prague-Suchdol and ALOT carried-out feasibility studies (collected in project deliverable D4.1 Feasibility Studies Report”) and submitted it to local decision-makers for policy feedbacks. Site-partners also drafted their local implementation plans for guaranteeing the durability of project results. Project results at local level and the potential for implementation in other EU realities are addressed by D4.2 "Cross evaluation report" and D4.4 "Position paper and guidelines", serving as key tools for local/regional Authorities and stakeholders interested in PTA-related technical and policy isssues.

3 Staff Exchanges were held in Almada in March 2013 (awarding, management and control), Stavanger in June 2013 (promotion, tendering awarding), and Prague in March 2014 (planning and integration). This activity proved to be very successful, as it enhanced the exchange of experiences, improved skills and the effectiveness of the studies, thanks to the “learn by doing” approach. Project dissemination has been a major concern for partners and for EPTA communication responsible POLIS all along project lifetime. Several press releases, 7newsletters and 2brochures were created and disseminated, both in English and in local partner languages, moreover the project was presented at the occasion of different international conferences. EPTA website (www.eptaproject.eu) is online and is frequently updated with project news,highlights and links.The effectiveness of EPTA dissemination work was also shown by the successful Final Conference, held in Brussels and attended by almost 100 participants.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
SRM - Networks and Mobility, Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna +39 051 361328
Region Emilia-Romagna, Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna +39 051 5273711
Almada City Council, Almada PORTUGAL Lisboa +351 21 2722510
Rogaland County Council, Stavanger NORWAY +47 51516911
The University Court of The University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen UNITED KINGDOM North Eastern Scotland +44 1224 272354
POLIS - Promotion of operational links with integrates services, International Association, Bruxelles BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest +32 2 5005675
Razlog Municipality, Razlog BULGARIA Yugozapaden +359 747 80095
zlati_stoicheva@abv.bg razlog_ipei@mail.bg
Brasov Metropolitan Agency, Brasov ROMANIA Centru +40 268 547616
The PTA - Thessaloniki Public Transport Authority, Thessaloniki GREECE Kentriki Makedonia +30 2310 483070
p.papa@sasth.gr ckonstadinidou@sasth.gr
Province of Cremona, Cremona ITALY Lombardia +39 0372 406517
Municipality Council Praha -Suchdol, Praha CZECH REPUBLIC Praha +420 222 361418
ALOT s.c.a r.l. Agency of East Lombardy for Transport and Logistics, Brescia ITALY Lombardia +39 030 24777956


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