Mid-term for our EU-project NISTO - New Integrated Smart Transport Option - thus time for exchange of experiences. The international project partners invited with the motto “SMART MOBILITY PLANNING Best practices – Tools – Future Challenges” into the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union in Brussels.
The NISTO-Mid-term conference, held on 3rd November, gave its participants an overview of future challenges in mobility planning. Topics like electro mobility as solution for our cities and the improving of air quality by mobility management has been discussed.
International transport planning experts debated about successful examples, best planning methods and future challenges for intelligent traffic planning. ‘This international exchange is extremely important and useful. As well we can benefit from the experience of our international partners in Nordhessen’, said Nadja Gläser, Head of Mobility of the Regionalmanagement Nordhessen.
However planners always need political support for successful implementation of mobility projects. Friedrich von Heusinger, Director of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union, is aware of this fact and emphasised the importance of intelligent mobility for Europe during his welcoming speech.
Matthew Noon, Programme Manager at Cross River Partnership, discussed in his speech whether electric vehicles are a solution to make Cities more environmentally friendly.
Benoit Willocx, Director of Autorisations at Brussels Environment, presented the mobility management in Brussels Capital Region which has so far lead to significant improvements of air quality in the Luxembourgian metropolitan region.
Several NISTO partners presented the preliminary results of the pan-European project, which aims to develop an evaluation and planning toolkit for mobility projects which is applicable transnationally and can be adopted by planners.
Amongst the progress of the development of the toolkit, some of the demonstration projects were presented: i54 Intelligent Transport Corridor, Sustainable mobility network to Improve Modal Shift (SIMS) as well as the Integrated Transport Ticket.
In the various workshops on mobility planning, logistics, electro-mobility and intelligent transport systems, the discussions on the specific themes could be deepened.
Participants were given the opportunity to discuss future challenges in four parallel workshops. In addition, the workshops gave an insight on the different topics and were a chance to get to know potential project partners.
Within the workshop on mobility planning the adoption of new strategic transport planning approaches at the local level which covers passenger and freight transport in an integrated way were considered. This workshop aimed to develop collaboration for future projects for the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and the upcoming calls of INTERREG IVB.
Thematically close to the workshop on mobility planning was the topics that were discussed during the logistics workshop. Logistics has to face a rapid change in the next years - the internet, cloud competing coupled with intelligent transport systems will have a significant impact on freight transport.
Political decisions in the near past made clear, that electro mobility is one of the main solutions to reduce carbon emissions. But so far, the limited driving range makes electric vehicles not that popular. In the workshop on electro mobility solutions for this were thought through and possible projects ideas to push the implementation of e-mobility were debated.
Intelligent transport systems aim to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management and enable various users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated, and 'smarter' use of transport networks. The implementation and improvement of such intelligent systems was one of several topics discussed in this workshop.
The conference was completed with an evening reception, attended by Mark Weinmeister, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the State of Hessen. For the 60 participants the conference provided an opportunity for networking.