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Every day rush hours through congested roads in central Europe result in air pollution, CO2 emissions, noise and accidents. Whether it is urban sprawl, inadequate intermodal systems or poor railway infrastructure this combined with cultural habits and today’s lifestyle has led to high rate of daily commuters still using cars instead of more sustainable means of transport. To change this situation, SMART COMMUTING will foster a coordination structure at functional urban area level involving municipalities of surrounding territories and public transport companies.
This coordination structure will help to achieve sustainable planning and more internal coordination. Various joint actions - SWOT analysis, institutional platform at functional urban area level, training and capacity building process, pilot actions - will support the expected change, consisting of enhancement of public sector's capacity of sustainable mobility planning, combined with some concrete solutions to make central European functional urban areas more liveable, free-carbon and attractive.
TAKING A GREENER ROUTE TO WORK
In European cities, the daily commute to and from work is a major energy consumer. SMART COMMUTING encourages coordination between public transport companies, city officials and other stakeholders to develop a holistic approach to planning more energy efficient transportation in urban areas. Training for public sector workers, expert analyses and the creation of institutional platforms will support better planning of sustainable transport.
A digital tool available on line, where results , reports produced by coordinatin structures set up at FUA level and suggestions/ contributions/ comments from commuters and stekeholders will be published. It will support and allow a bottom-up participative process to design and promote a new low carbon commuting model.
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