Interreg Europe TRAM Project Newsletter - September 2018, No. 5.

European Week of Regions and Cities 2018

The European Week of Regions and Cities takes place on 8-11 October 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. As in previous years, Interreg Europe will contribute to #EURegionsWeek and organise different events during the week.
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Cooperation between TRAM and OptiTrans

In our linked project Interreg Europe OptiTrans, each territory will be subject to a peer review carried out by 4-5 persons representing at least 2 different other project partners. Peer review team members are recruited among OptiTrans's project partners and their stakeholder support groups. In total, 7 peer reviews will be carried out by an accumulated participation of around 35-40 persons. As 7 partners are collaborating in OptiTrans, each partner is sending at least five persons to participate in at least three different peer review visits abroad.
To unify criteria, all peer review team members participated in a half-day training that took place on 4 September 2018 at the Thuringia State Representation (“Vertretung des Freistaats Thüringen beim Bund”) in Berlin.
Europe TRAM and OptiTrans are linked through two of their respective partners (Public Works Agency of Andalusia Regional Government on the part of TRAM and Granada Energy Agency on the part of OptiTrans) that share knowledge according to good practices related to their areas. As some of the main issues that are considered in OptiTrans are closely related to Public Works Agency activity, a representative of this Agency was invited to join the training session, and will attend the Peer Review in which the Agency workframe can be more representative.
This representative has been TRAM project manager on the part of Public Works Agency. Thus, the knowledge of the Peer Review Training session and the Peer Reviews will be shared with all TRAM partners, in order to get the most of both projects collaboration.
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The Action Plan for improving urban mobility in the North-West Region is taking shape

Following several workshops, study visits and questionnaires for identifying the main needs and barriers in the face of urban mobility, increasing traffic safety and reducing carbon emissions, the North-West Regional Development Agency along with the ITRE experts from Civitta Romania have managed to identify a preliminary set of actions which will form the basis for the future TRAM Local Action Plan.
Main problems linked to already identified and analysed good practices are the presence of traffic generators which attract more traffic in rush hours than the infrastructure can support, the lack of data on pedestrian and cyclist flows as well as the fact that urban mobility projects are not explained and promoted enough to the general public. Stakeholder Group members have also remarked that they are rarely involved in the drafting of urban mobility policies that come from the national level.
Regarding the priorities of urban mobility in the coming years, most of the answers have pointed out the prioritization of public transport, extending the cycling infrastructure and pedestrian walkways, improving the rolling stock of the public transport system and resolving the issue of parking spaces.

As far as the proposed actions leading to a more sustainable urban mobility, the stakeholders have mentioned the closer collaboration with educational institutions for promoting sustainable urban transport (involving parents as well), developing an application for rewarding citizens who use alternative and eco-friendly ways of transport as well as other actions promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Members of the Local Stakeholder Group have also considered it essential to develop measures for monitoring and evaluating their own Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans according to a common methodology and specific indicators.
Last but not least, several actions have been mentioned which are already being implemented and which can be considered complementary to the activities of the TRAM Action Plan, like the organization of events in the framework of the European Mobility Week, the MOBI competition using the F5T4 application, public presentations for promoting sustainable urban mobility and the temporary pedestrianization of certain streets serving the goal of awareness raising.
Actions within the Local Action Plan of the North-West Region are due to be finalized following the Local Stakeholder Group meetings in September this year and early next year, complemented by the recommendation of the ITRE experts within the peer review workshop due to take place in November 2018 in Miskolc, Hungary.

Action Plan Workshop on Local Staekholder Group Meeting

At September 17, 2018, the local stakeholder group for Blekinge within the TRAM project was gathered at Blekinge institute of technology.
The first point on the agenda was to exchange experiences on the regional status on policies, and transition projects towards sustainable transport. The second point was to discuss and review the Blekinge draft action plan from the TRAM project.
A wide array of public sector organizations were represented:
  • BTH
  • Region Blekinge
  • Blekinge Länstyrelse (county authority)
  • Energy Agency Southeast. 
  • Netport. 
  • Karlskrona Municpality
  • Karlshamn Municipality
  • Ronneby Municipality
The meeting sparked a lot of discussions and a questionnaire was answered by the participants to help BTH map out a common picture of how policies, targets and transition projects from the various actors relate to one another.

Introducing Miskolc

Miskolc is the seat of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County. As the most populated city of the largest county of the North-Hungarian Region, it plays a central role in the administration, economic, educational and cultural life of the region. Miskolc is the fourth largest city of the country (with population about 157 000).
Miskolc has favourable logistic situation in regard to 3 countries are available within a distance of 150 km (Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania). This gives a great opportunity for connecting neighbouring countries in respect to commercial purposes.
Miskolc will be part of „Via Carpathia” transport corridor to be implemented by 2026.
The city was known is a heavy industrial city long ago but we could said that this formerly “stigma” has now been overcome. The engineering-and chemical industry and the service sector furthermore the trade and tourism are very important economic sectors in the region.
The city is committed to attract new investors and manufactories not just in manufacturing sector but in service sector as well. The city area is preferred by industrial and trade investors. In the last some years there are new investments e.g: Bosch, Joyson Safety Systems in the field of automotive industry (mainly vehicle manufacturing).  
As regards the higher qualification between manufacturing companies and university there is close cooperation to provide professionals with high level of qualification. The University of Miskolc with a history going back several centuries is the outstanding centre of the region in educational and researching with about 12000 students.
Miskolc is a transverse-shaped settlement because of its topographical situation.
In the leading long term transport development concepts have reference to improvement of spatial structure of the city and the processes in the spatial structure jointly needed in order to contribute reciprocally to become a more attracting and urban space where place to live and attract actors of economy, culture and tourism as well.
The main importance of public transport take the east-west axis in particular in which the tramway plays a significant role. On the axis of tramline respectively with parallel relief roads are operates buses. The axis of north-south just operate buses.
In the major determining urban development concepts of Miskolc was lay down the key objectives and aims to become more liveable, attractive, health and human focused city with rebounding an increasing level of life for its citizens.  In the concrete strategic and operative goals appears for the intention of empowering economic potential, protection of natural environment and keep up sustainability in general living conditions.
Considering the increasing urbanization of the world it will be more urgent to protect our ecosystem. In view of this aspect Miskolc was the first in Hungary have joined to the European Green City initiatives in 2011. In the spirit of this subject the city undertakes to effort relating to that under their city developments planning and implementation take into account the green principles.
It could be said that we try re-use our renewable energy sources (RES) more better and it underpinned by that the half of district heating originated from RES (namely thermal water, biogas, biomass).
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TRAM 4th Stakeholders Group Meeting in Marche Region

Lead Partner of TRAM project hosted the fourth Marche Region Stakeholder Group meeting in Ancona. Focus of the meeting was the illustration of results of the survey realized to get evaluation by stakeholders, representatives of different categories, such as public administrations, universities, consumers and transports companies associations, regards to selected TRAM good practices which are able to improve the policy instrument of Marche Region.
The external expert of Marche Region, Mr Franceschini, facilitated debate among attendees highlighting the different needs and points of view resulting from the survey, in order to select actions that will be included in the Marche Region Action Plan.
Furthermore, Lead partner’s team updated all stakeholders on the state of the art of the project. In particular, by the end of the current semester, each partner completes the draft of its own Regional Action Plan, which will be finalized after the Peer Review’s activity, which will take place during the next semester.
BICIPOLITANA - Validation of one of TRAM's GPs

It is the BICIPOLITANA, from Municipality of Pesaro (Italy), the first Good Practice among TRAM’s GPs to be validated from the Interreg Europe experts, confirming the goodness, validity and worth not only of the GP itself, which was presented by the project Lead partner, but also of the GPs selected and the work done so far within the project.
The validation process just closed and this practice – says the expert - demonstrates a good example of integrating cycle lanes into a city’s transport system, and the scale of the project, and the clear efforts made to communicate it, demonstrate the city’s commitment to cycling as part of a low carbon transport transition. 
Finally, the IR-E expert affirms that the practice BICIPOLITANA is highly transferable, therefore… why don’t you just take a look? It could be very useful for your city as well!
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Masterplan for e-mobility in the Marche Region


A seminary on sustainable mobility in the Marche Region took place on Friday 6 July in Macerata, Italy. The focus was on the Masterplan for the development and diffusion of electric mobility in the Marche Region, also called “e-mobility ReMa”.

The Director of the regional unit dedicated to Local public transportation, logistics and traffic of the Marche Region, Ms Casonato, gave a presentation about the initiatives and proposals that are being assessed from the Regional authority on sustainable mobility and in addition highlighted some European project that insist on this issue, one of them being TRAM, where the Marche Region is the Lead Partner.

Finally, some additional proposal for the future were illustrated

It was a fruitful meeting, where many stakeholders were present, along with political actors and many representatives from the association of engineers.

Miskolc B!ke day
During the 90 years of history of the Tour de Hongrie, Miskolc has been the start or the destination point of this high prestigious road bicycle race 31 times. Similarly to last year, a wild range accompanying event, the so-called Miskolc B!ke Day had been organized on 18 August by the Municipality of Miskolc in alliance with Hungarian Red Cross Foundation, Decathlon, MIKOM Ltd and Organization Team of the Tour de Hongrie.
As destination point of the competition, the aims of the organizers were not only to provide appropriate circumstances for the running-in section, but also to promote cycling and healthy lifestyle for the citizens. On the largest bike-party of Hungary on the St. István Square (in the heart of Miskolc) more than 5000 visitors had the chance besides cheer up the racers to take part on the MINI Bike (for kids), MAD Bike (for extreme bike funs), Miskolc Bike (local bike clubs), GIVE! Bike (donation program) and after party with popular DJs.
TRAM info corner got a special place within the program as well, because the modification of modal split in Miskolc towards sustainable transportation (as cycling) is one of the main aims of the city’s mobility development concept. This goal will also appear in the action plan of the ongoing Interreg Europe financed project.



Brussels, 8-11 OCTOBER

 European Week of Regions and Cities



Miskolc, 20-23 NOVEMBER

 Peer Review workshops of PP3, PP4 and PP5  in Miskolc aiming to debate on Action Plan issues of the involved partners hosting the PRW and ITRE experts
The 6th Steering Committee Meeting in Miskolc
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