Project Details

Title: Policy Learning in Information Technologies for Public Transport Enhancement
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 - 31st Dec 2014
Website: http://www.polite-project.eu


Total budget: €1,272,679.00
ERDF contribution: €997,099.25

Lead partner

Calabrian Regional Administration (CRA)
Via Molè
88100, Catanzaro

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    • Contact Person: Valeria Adriana Scopelliti
      Phone: 0039 0961 852056
      Fax: 0039 0961 852054

Project summary

POLITE addresses infomobility, specifically the problem of providing travellers with adequate & complete information on the Public Transport (PT) services available in a region at different geographic levels. POLITE promotes public actions to enhance the awareness of travellers’ choice & to increase the use of PT services.

POLITE promotes the exchange, discussion & transfer of experiences & improvement on policies, knowledge & good practices on infomobility. This exchange is focused on policy & planning levers and implemented by advanced & less experienced sites. Some of them can be considered as “good practice” sites, others as “transfer” sites.

POLITE bases its approach on the study of EU good practices for developing tools to support policy making, including:

- Training sessions, workshops, round tables, policy-oriented events, in which the project administrations & further EU ones improve their technical and policy skills & knowledge with the goal of addressing policy developments;

- Development of publications and training products, which will record the knowledge gained during the project and which are usable by further pub. adminitrations.

Partners will use these tools to develop local implementation plans, outlining the local roadmaps for policy development on public transport information systems. POLITE actively dialogues with other transfer sites from outside the partnership, offering support for bilateral exchange on selected infomobility topics as well as training on the project topics.

The project also contributes to:

- increase the capacity of public admin. staff to implement more effective and efficient policy levers and planning approaches to traveller information systems;

- directly improve the national, regional and local policies.

The consortium is composed by different entities representing different geographic levels (national, regional, local and a EU network).

This multilevel partnership allows to approach the issue of traveller information

systems in a holistic & innovative way as it targets the relationships between the information needed by travellers at different territorial levels, to serve as an input to the definition of public policies in a perspective which enables interoperability among information systems & a consequent increase of PT attractiveness.

The consortium is composed by:

- good practice sites: Province of Ferrara (IT), Reading Borough Council (UK).

- transfer sites: Calabrian Regional Administration (IT), CDV (CZ), ILIM (PL) and LaTDEA (LV).

- Network: POLIS (BE).

ILIM and LaTDEA are public equivalent bodies involved in the policy making activities respectively in Poland and Latvia. CDV represents the Czech Ministry of Transport. POLIS is an European Network for identifying, developing and targeting key public administration stakeholders working in transport, differentiating between local/regional and national stakeholders.

Project achievements

POLITE was born with the aim to improve policies concerning the development & management of travellers information systems. It starts from the interest of the LP in developing Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on its territory to improve safety, security & efficiency of the regional transport system. This interest in infomobility has been found to be common to different partners at different level (national, regional, local) in different European areas, which share the strong will to adopt new and innovative infomobility policies to improve public transport. At operative level, all partners have been actively collaborating to ensure the implementation of the planned activities, with the goal of improving their local policies related to infomobility and their public transport systems by means of the identification, exchange and transfer of good practices GP. In 2012 a detailed methodology for GP search and exchange has been prepared to ensure a common framework for all partners.

This process has determined about 50 GP (minimum target being 30) deriving from the selected policies/measures. In 2013 partners selected 34 GP for further analyses by means of questionnaires and site visits. GP have been classified into 5 key areas, namely: 1) Public Transport and/or Multimodal Information Systems; 2) Public Transport Fleet Management Systems; 3) Public Transport Interchanges; 4) Public Transport Payment Systems; 5) Public Transport Priority Systems. All collected GP are described in detail on POLITE website. Activities implemented in 2013 have included 2 transfer­oriented sessions: a “Good Practice Round Table” and a “Training workshop”. In parallel, management, communication and networking activities have been also carried out to support the achievement of project's objectives, at both EU and local levels.

In the first semester of 2014 Activities 3.2 (Best practices - search & analysis) and 3.3 (Transfer-oriented sessions) were finalized and the Activity 3.4 (Sites Implementation plans) was launched. Concerning the Transfer-oriented sessions (3.3) PPs organize in Czech Republic a Joint Policy Excercises meeting (March 2014) in which all partners presented details on which and how GP will be imported in local policies by means of the local ITS implementation plans. The meeting served both as input to the first policy document and to activity 3.4 (Sites implementation plans). On the basis of the output of Joint Policy Excercises each site/partner defined a draft implementation plan for infomobility through public actions.

In the second semester of 2014 all partners focused on the dissemination of the project final results and policy improvements. A Joint meeting on site interventions was held in Poznan in July, in which all partners presented details on which and how GP will be imported in local policies by means of the local ITS implementation plans. During this period partners have finalized sites Final Implementation Plans which define the final policy plans by also identifying financing for the future sustainability. In parallel, management, communication and networking activities have been also carried out to support the achievement of project's objectives, at both EU and local levels. Final Conference was organized in Calabria, presenting policy achievements with all sectorial and public key players. During the event was distributed the final technical publication which includes all the details on the project achievements and highlights the success factors for improvement of public policies.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Calabrian Regional Administration (CRA), Catanzaro ITALY Calabria 0039 0961 852056
Province of Ferrara (PoF), Ferrara ITALY Emilia-Romagna 0039 0532 299275
claudia.ziosi@provincia.fe.it ; dario.vinciguerra@provincia.fe.it
Promotion of Operational Links with Integrated Services - POLIS, Brussels BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest 0032 2 5005675
Reading Borough Council (RBC), Reading UNITED KINGDOM Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire 0044 118 939 0228
Institute of Logistics and Warehousing (ILIM), Poznań POLAND Wielkopolskie 0048 61 850 49 00
Transport Research Centre (CDV), Brno CZECH REPUBLIC Jihovychod 00420 548 423 753
Latvian Transport Development and Education Association (LaTDEA), Riga LATVIA Latvija +371 67100594
kiv@tsi.lv, Jackiva.I@tsi.lv


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