Upgrading of transit service quality in the northwest area of city of Volos

Funded by:  Astiko K.T.E.L. Volou S.A.
Duration:  33 months (01/07/2013-31/02/2016)
Project’s Budget: 5000 €
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The scope of this study is to upgrade the transportation service provided by the Urban Bus Station of Volos in the area designated by the Pagason-Analipseos street, K. Kartali street, Peripheral Road and the districts of Agia Paraskevi and Agia Kyriaki. These areas are served by lines 2 and 9, therefore the study concerns the investigation of the operation of the existing network, the investigation of alternative routes and the determination and evaluation of service indices.

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Funded by: 7th Framework Programme, European Commission
Duration: 30 months (1/9/2012-28/2/2015)
Project’s Budget: 1.324.114 €
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City-HUB is a 30-month EU-funded project, bringing together leading experts of design and urban integration, transport operation and business, with local and regional authorities and end-users organizations, which represent the economic, demographic and territorial diversity of Europe.

The project aims at contributing to the design and operation of seamless, smart, clean and safe intermodal public transport systems, addressing, at the same time, how these interchanges should be designed in order to ensure that “vulnerable” target groups, i.e. the elderly, youth, physically and mentally handicapped people can adequately benefit from these interchanges.

Within the project, an integrated business model will be developed and a comprehensive set of methodological guidelines will be proposed, addressing different aspects of an urban interchange and promoting public transport. The integrated model will be validated through a set of European case studies and the methodological guidelines will be fully exploited through a European transferability exercise and dissemination initiatives to target groups throughout Europe.

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Funded by: 7th Framework Programme, European Commission
Duration: 36 months (2011-2014)
Project’s Budget: 4.106.731,80 €
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STRAIGHTSOL – Strategies and measures for smarter urban freight solutions, a research project, focusing on Urban-interurban shipments, co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Cooperation Work Programme Sustainable Surface Transport.

The objectives of STRAIGHTSOL are threefold:

  1. Develop a new impact assessment framework for measures applied to urban-interurban freight transport interfaces.
  2. Support a set of innovative field demonstrations showcasing improved urban-interurban freight operations in Europe.
  3. Apply the impact assessment framework to the live demonstrations and develop specific recommendations for future freight policies and measures.

The demonstrations represent cutting edge initiatives from leading stakeholders like DHL Supply Chain, Kuehne Nagel and TNT, and cover Brussels, Barcelona, Thessaloniki, Utrecht, Lisbon, Oslo and the south of England. STRAIGHTSOL will contribute to the Commission’s research agenda through: 1) an implementation of sustainable urban-interurban freight transport solutions, 2) widely disseminating the experiences and effects from the demonstrations amongst the logistics community, 3) demonstrating the added value of the evaluation tool framework for assessing last mile distribution and urban-interurban freight activities. The STRAIGHTSOL demonstrations and deliverables will give policy makers and transport industry players input for future measures in the field of last mile distribution and urban-interurban freight transport interfaces at the European, country, region, city and local levels.

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Funded by: Part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund and European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument)
Duration: 36 months (1/7/2011-31/6/2014)
Project’s Budget: 4.804.000 €
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The overall objective of BGLC is to increase the integration between the northern Scandinavia and Barents, with its vast natural resources and increasing industrial production, with the industrial chain and end markets in the Baltic Sea Region and central Europe.

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Funded by: European Territorial Cooperation Program Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013
Duration: 22 months (15/3/2012-31/12/2013)
Project’s Budget: 2.000.000 €
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Promo Safe Driving aims in promoting Road Safety & Safe-Driving public awareness in Greece and Bulgaria countries & the cross-border area, to establish road-safety & safe-driving consciousness to kids (pupils/students) through relative lessons provided by the 2 TEPs, to improve road safety conditions in the cross-border area, to strengthen the already existing cooperation between Serres Municipality and Petrich Municipality and finally to capitalize the results of formerly developed projects in the specific topic of interest.

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CLOSER project

Funded by: Project co-funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (2007- 2013) under Contract number 234180
Duration: 36 months (1/1/2010-31/12/2012)
Project’s Budget: 1.914.720,60 €
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The European Transport Policy (ETP) proposes the concept of co- modality as an essential instrument to achieve, at the same time, a high level of mobility and of environmental protection. But the existing transport system still remains far away from that concept. The interface between long and short- distance transport networks remains as the weak link in the transportation chain for both, passengers and freight. This situation favors the choice of uni- modal solutions, and jeopardizes the development of more competitive and sustainable transport chains. The improvement of long/ short distance interfaces is the key element to achieve the objectives of the ETP. Approaches to this issue have typically been developed at the project level, on a case- by – case basis.
At best, decision- makers benefit from experiences in other regions, but conflicts are rarely considered and solved in advanced, and they are rather addressed as they emerge, so that optimal solutions are rarely adopted. The purpose is to develop innovative tools for the analysis of interfaces, check these tools in a number of case studies, and make recommendations to stakeholders in order to get:

  • A more systematic approach to the whole project cycle of interfaces.
  • Concrete guidelines for decision makers in order to cope with the challenges of a particular project, and to get the most from the opportunities that each project offer.
  • A friendlier regulatory environment; fostering cooperation and supporting better integrated interfaces. –Improved mechanisms for financing those concepts with a higher degree of integration (including EUs funding schemes).
  • In- depth involvement of stakeholders, and particularly of transport operators. Research has focused thus far on quite specific aspects of the interface problem. This is one of the reasons why public agencies lack more standardized approaches to new projects, and fail in establishing effective cooperative frameworks.

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Funded by: 6th Framework Programme, European Commission
Duration: 42 months (2006-2009)
Project’s Budget: 5.196.795,64 €
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Campaigns and awareness-raising strategies in traffic safety

The CAST Research Project belongs to the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission and aims at meeting Commission needs for enhancing traffic safety by means of effective road safety campaigns. The main aim of CAST is to produce a manual with clear guidelines for the design, implementation and evaluation of successful road safety campaigns. A Consortium of 19 European institutions from 15 different countries is involved in the CAST Project.

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Funded by: INTERREG III B CADSES Programme
Duration: 2006-2008
Partner Budget: 192.000 €
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Development of small and medium-sized railway stations into multipurpose local service centers

The REVITA project aims at developing strategies for the conversion of railway stations into multipurpose local service centres. The economic role of railway stations should be strengthened and the use of sustainable modes of transport should be encouraged. The target groups of the project are the citizens and visitors of the five regions involved.

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