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SUSTANCE

Project overview

Sustainable public transport solutions and innovative governance schemes for improving connectivity in Central Europe

Leaving the car at home remains challenging for people in sparsely populated areas close to borders. Too often, there are simply no satisfying public transport offers available. The SUSTANCE project involves a wide range of transport stakeholders to co-design innovative mobility services and governance schemes that will help public authorities to change this. In this process, the partners deploy amongst others customised intervention action plans in pilot regions.

2,01m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

4

Countries

7

Regions

8

Partners

6

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

38%

About the project

What is the challenge SUSTANCE project is tackling? Citizens living in rural or peripheral areas of Central Europe are facing inadequate connectivity. They face fragmented transportation networks and lack of sustainable public transport solutions, particularly at the cross-border level. In the same time European policies look toward a greener and smarter future, by supporting, among others, actions aimed at promoting the development of sustainable public transport solutions. It is to provide all citizens with equal public transportation services and access opportunities. What will SUSTANCE project do about it? In close cooperation with relevant stakeholders, test innovative pilot actions in cross-border regions of Croatia, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia. (1) We will set basis for introducing a new cross-border train service between Croatia (Pula-Buzet) and Slovenia (Divača). (2) We will introduce a new cross-border train service connecting Italy (Trieste, Villa Opicina), via Slovenia (Divača, Pivka), with Croatia (Rijeka). (3) We will extend until Sopron the cross-border train service linking Austria (Neusiedl am See) with Hungary (Fertőszentmiklós). (4) We will develop demand responsive transport application in Italy (Romagna Region), including ICT application for planning, booking and e-ticketing. (5) We will develop interactive ICT app for Istria Region (Croatia), that will display all private and public transport services in one place. (6) We will invest in a web portal and mobile app to promote and increase the use of railway services and bicycles in Croatia, Italy and Slovenia. (7) We will invest in shared mobility solutions by installing bike/scooter sharing points in Istria region (Croatia). All of these actions will pave the way to the adoption of long-term action plans and solutions.

Project partnership

Project partners

Italia (IT)

Lead partner

Central European Initiative - Executive Secretariat

Project Management Office
Address
Via Genova, 9
34121 Trieste
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
www.cei.int

Project partner

Institute for Regional Development
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
https://www.eurac.edu/en
Total partner budget
230,700 €
Address
Mátyás király u. 19
9400 Sopron
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
www.gysev.hu
Total partner budget
266,657 €
Address
Strojarska Cesta 11
10000 Zagreb
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
www.hzpp.hr
Total partner budget
252,792 €
Address
Mletačka 12/4
52100 Pula
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
www.ida.hr
Total partner budget
194,600 €
Address
Viale Aldo Moro 38
40127 Bologna
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
www.fondazioneitl.org
Total partner budget
266,100 €
Address
Kolodvorska 11
1000 Ljubljana
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
https://prometni-institut.si/
Total partner budget
254,780 €
Address
Kolodvorska street 11
1000 Ljubljana
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
www.slo-zeleznice.si
Total partner budget
233,500 €

Roadmap

1

Challenge

People in sparsely populated areas use their cars too often, because there are not enough public transport solutions that suit their needs.

2

Problem

Cars are polluting our environment and are not contributing to a greener future, like public transport.

3

Idea

Image by Mike Renpening from Pixabay

What if we developed services and tools that would make trips with public transport easier?

4

Solution

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We will introduce new cross-border rail services and IT tools to facilitate the travel with public transport.

5

How

Firstly, we will talk to relevant stakeholders to get their inputs and involve them in our activities. We are also studying the regions where the services and tools are to be implemented, to better understand the context and real needs. Finally, we will implement services and tools, involving more than 50 stakeholders in their development.

6

Proof

In the 12 months of operation, our goal is to increase the number of people using public transport.

7

Impact

Our mission is contributing to a greener Europe and improving quality of people’s lives.

8

Follow our work

Join us in connecting Europe and preserving environment for future generations!

News

First direct train from Trieste arrived to Rijeka

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NEWS

25.04.2024

First direct train from Trieste arrived to Rijeka

“With the support of stakeholders, we aim to encourage sustainable mobility in the region and improve cross-border cooperation. We are aware that it is often challenging, but today we have proven that with a strong commitment and a culture of dialogue, we can lay the foundation for the development ...

Cross-border train around Lake Neusiedl running until August

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NEWS

13.04.2024

Cross-border train around Lake Neusiedl running until August

For those planning to visit Lake Neusiedl this summer, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, we recommend the train connecting Hungary and Austria. You can bring your bicycle on the train and explore natural beauties on two wheels. Bring your family and friends and join us on the SUSTANCE train!

The status of public transport accessibility and measures to improve it

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25.03.2024

The status of public transport accessibility and measures to improve it

One very expert document was drafted – "Accessibility assessment of public transport", previously assessing routes and regions where we’ll introduce new or improved public transport solutions. This document will help to fine tune these solutions.

Numerous institutions joined us in fine tuning of our activities

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15.03.2024

Numerous institutions joined us in fine tuning of our activities

Since we’re testing mobility solutions that will be used by people, we had to ask them for their opinion. Therefore, we first gathered more than 60 experts from over 35 relevant institutions and talked about our activities.

External experts increase the quality of solutions

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08.02.2024

External experts increase the quality of solutions

Three external transport experts were brought on board to ensure the quality of 6 project pilot actions. Their expertise is crucial for peer-review process and will bring a fresh perspective, with concrete suggestions tested and proven in practice.

Searching for transport experts

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06.11.2023

Searching for transport experts

One of SUSTANCE partners, ITL, will recruit two transport experts to contribute to 6 project pilot actions peer-review activities, as to assure their quality. If interested, please check the link in the article or spread the word among DRT/train service innovation experts.

The historical significance of our Italy-Slovenia-Croatia railway service pilot

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25.10.2023

The historical significance of our Italy-Slovenia-Croatia railway service pilot

On 23 and 24 October 2023, SUSTANCE project and the international railway service to be piloted in 2024 from Villa Opicina, through Slovenia, to Rijeka, was presented in Rijeka (Croatia), at an event dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Rijeka-Karlovac and Rijeka-Pivka railways construction.

Dialogue on improving public transport for rural and cross-border communities

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02.10.2023

Dialogue on improving public transport for rural and cross-border communities

On 29 September 2023 the Transnational Online Conference “Challenges and opportunities for public transport stakeholders in rural, peripheral and cross-border areas” took place as a significant step toward enhancing sustainable public transport mobility in rural, peripheral, and cross-border areas.

Developing pilot plans in Zagreb

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24.09.2023

Developing pilot plans in Zagreb

Passenger railway services, new ones and improved ones, go cross-border. Applications aim to facilitate public transport usage. Shared mobility systems are incorporated into public transport network. Green transport solutions are promoted. Joint cooperation takes these services and solutions across borders.

Foreign Ministers meeting features SUSTANCE topic

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11.07.2023

Foreign Ministers meeting features SUSTANCE topic

On 10 July 2023, in Ancona (IT), a Trilateral Meeting on Cooperation in the Northern Adriatic took place, with the participation of Foreign Ministers of Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia. The meeting resulted with the signature of Joint Declaration where SUSTANCE is mentioned.

Rehabilitation of passenger train services on Trieste – Rijeka line

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27.06.2023

Rehabilitation of passenger train services on Trieste – Rijeka line

Analysing the potential transport demand for planning a direct train service linking Trieste Centrale (IT) to Rijeka (HR) was the focus of the gathering held at the CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) premises on 26 June 2023, gathering transport researchers, planners and operators.

Potential transport demand estimation for Trieste-Rijeka direct passenger train

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27.06.2023

Potential transport demand estimation for Trieste-Rijeka direct passenger train

Ca' Foscari University, Department of Management, conducted a study focusing on the potential transport demand for a direct passenger train service between the Italian city of Trieste and the Croatian city of Rijeka. It resulted with some interesting numbers regarding the number of passengers and possible profit.

SUSTANCE becomes Danube Strategy Flagship project

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04.06.2023

SUSTANCE becomes Danube Strategy Flagship project

SUSTANCE was recognized as a quality project, contributing to the implementation of the Danube Strategy. It is considered to have a strong impact in improving transport in the Region and a macro-regional dimension, thus it was awarded a Certificate of Danube Strategy Flagship.

In Trieste we start working on public transport improvements

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07.04.2023

In Trieste we start working on public transport improvements

Partnership aiming to improve public transport in rural, peripheral and cross-border areas of Central Europe kick-starts in Trieste. The support is given by Mr. Roberto Antonione, Secretary General of the Central European Initiative - Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES).

Events

Launching new international rail service between Italy and Croatia, via Slovenia

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Italy

In Person

24.04.2024

Launching new international rail service between Italy and Croatia, via Slovenia

Following a fruitful cooperation between railway operators and institutions from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, a new experimental direct passenger train service between Trieste (Villa Opicina) and Rijeka via Divača and Pivka is presented.

Presenting green mobility promotion tool for Croatia, Italy and Slovenia

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EVENT

Croatia

In Person

24.04.2024

Presenting green mobility promotion tool for Croatia, Italy and Slovenia

Dedicated part of the Croatian Railways Passenger Transport website will be presented in Rijeka, back-to-back with a new experimental direct passenger train service between Trieste (Villa Opicina) and Rijeka via Divača and Pivka.

Launching the rail service around Lake Neusiedl

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Hungary

In Person

13.04.2024

Launching the rail service around Lake Neusiedl

Train travel around the eastern side of Lake Neusiedl will be simpler, more comfortable, and cheaper. The new train service goes into operation on 13 April 2024, with an official opening ceremony in Sopron.

Transnational online conference about public transport

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Other

Online

29.09.2023

Transnational online conference about public transport

Conference “Challenges and opportunities for public transport stakeholders” will take place on 29 September 2023 at 9:30 CET on Zoom and it will concentrate on rural, peripheral and cross-border areas, having connectivity issues. A high level guest will address the audience, as well as policy makers from four countries.

Pilot actions

Outputs

Transnational action plan for better cross-border public transport connectivity

This comprehensive document will be drawn following important outcomes of the SUSTANCE project. The inputs for it will include (1) accessibility assessment of the regions and routes selected in the project, incorporating the experience gained with the (2) implementation of new or improved passenger services and solutions at cross-border level. It will also build on the activity of design, adoption and dissemination of (3) roadmaps, plus on (4) the long-term sustainability guidelines for solutions. Indicative timing: March 2026
Type of output: Strategies and action plans
In development

Transnational action plan for better ICT solutions for public transport

This comprehensive document will be drawn following important outcomes of the SUSTANCE project. The inputs for it will include (1) accessibility assessment of the regions and routes selected in the project, incorporating the experience gained with the (2) implementation of new or improved ICT public transport solutions at regional and cross-border level. It will also build on the activity of design, adoption and dissemination of (3) roadmaps, plus on (4) the long-term sustainability guidelines for solutions Indicative timing: March 2026
Type of output: Strategies and action plans
In development

New/improved cross-border public transport rail services and innovative ICT tools for improving passenger mobility

After assessing accessibility of chosen routes and regions and taking into account stakeholders feedbacks gathered during a year, as well as the outcomes of the peer review, 6 pilot actions will test innovative solutions in the field of cross-border public transport rail services and ICT tools for improving passenger mobility in CE. This means that we’ll first ask the scientific community, practitioners and public transport managers, and then decide in how to develop and implement our solutions. Indicative timing: March 2025
Type of output: Solutions
In development

Long-term sustainability guidelines for better connectivity & smart mobility solutions

After the testing phase of our solutions is finalized, we will draft a document that sets the basis for their long-term replicability, so that other institutions can avoid our mistakes and capitalize on our success. We will also analyse what are the key elements for the sustainability of these solutions, because we want to make a long-term positive impact. Indicative timing: September 2025
Type of output: Solutions
In development

Long-term strategy for promoting cooperation and better governance of public transport

Following up on the outcomes of the accessibility assessments, created roadmaps, report on innovative governance schemes and consultations with stakeholders, we will draft a document that aims at promoting cooperation and better governance of public transport in Central Europe. It will elaborate on “to do” steps for improved public transport management and tools and methods needed to succeed in this mission. Indicative timing: March 2026
Type of output: Strategies and action plans
In development

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Paolo Dileno
Phone: +39 040 7786769

Finance Manager

Ana Aligrudic
Phone: +39 (0)40 7786 773

Communication Manager

Zrinka Marchioli
Phone: +385 99 7021 598