Project name PUBLIC WATERWAY - Improvements in inland waterway public transport
Objective Objective 4.1
Priority Transport and mobility
Aim Transport policy is required to channel the growing demand into more environmentally-friendly low-carbon modes of transportation. One of the distinctive features of the region in terms of transportation is the Danube River as an important part of Rhine-Danube TEN-T Corridor. The Danube river is underutilized and has a large potential to create sustainable transportation in the future. But increasing ship traffic will increase local ecological problems of the Danube River and its surroundings. Therefore fully exploit the economic potential of the Danube River as transport route and at the same time keep its ecological balance intact poses a specific challenge.
The project aims at development of common orientations, frameworks and strategies, development and practical implementation of transnational tools and services, preparation of transnational investments, pilot activities including small-scale investments, development and practical implementation of training and capacity building, accompanying information, dissemination and publicity measures. More specifically the project aims to:
• Contribute to better integrated policies and practical solutions to further develop waterways by exchanging and transferring know-how and good practice in the scope of waterway infrastructure, waterway maintenance and management, fleet modernisation or port (infrastructure) development. Contribute to work out local and regional new strategies and action plans by the partners for the general improvement and exploitation of the advantages of public waterway transports.
• Contribute to a better organisation of public transport links and other sustainable modes of transport in functional urban and rural areas. Exchanging and transferring know-how and good practice for better organisation of public transport links in functional areas (e.g. by transport associations), mobility management, on demand public transport, promoting cycle and pedestrian traffic, e-mobility, road safety including pilot investments. Support the preparation of investments in mobility centres and bus terminals.
• Contribute and facilitate urban and inter-urban public transport using the inland waterway with fast ships together with improvements of the road connections of the ports in order to reduce or replace the ratio of the road public transports. Facilitate of capacity extension by organisation of trainings and collect best practices in a common database for the relevant stakeholders and public authorities
Work out and test pilots for intra – and interurban transports for short and longer distances.
Results The project will improve planning, coordination and practical solutions for inland waterway public transport between stakeholders from intra- and interurban public transport companies, port operators and public authorities in order to create an environmental-friendly, low-carbon and safer transport network for fast and well-connected intra- and interurban travels using the Danube, in parallel keeping the ecological balance as well.
Cooperation will make national and local policy makers working out their transnational, national and local transport policy in accordance with the growing usage of the inland waterways.
Proposals for the connected entire public transport network e.g. P+R areas, bus stations, rent-a-bike connections to provide the possibilities for the effective continuity of the mobility.
Three pilots per country for the comparison study and for further proposals to facilitate the better use of inland waterway public transport and control of the ecological aspects.
Common study based on the pilot results to have a clear view of the current situation and needed improvements (organisational and investment).
Furthermore the project will result new connection and organisational concept between the relevant stakeholders that provides possibility for new and more effective travel proposals for the population in the participating countries also with positive effect to the tourism.
Keeping in mind the ecological balance of the Danube river and its surroundings the project will work out proposal for the environmentally-friendly developed fast ships specialized for the public transport for different distance and purpose (intraurban transport, interurban transport for med-size distance, long distance, holiday travels, fast business travels).
Cost 3,0 million EUR
Duration 36 months
Partners involved IFKA Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd. for the Development of Industry
Partners requested Regional Development Agencies
Local municipalities
Danube ports (or Association of ports)
Universities with faculty of transport
Regional and local city transport companies
Innovation Reaching the projected results will provide definite savings in fuel consumption, time deficit and CO2 emission
Follow up of Peripheral Access
Follow up fundings