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Thessaloniki ATTAC project team dissemination at the ‘Transport Research Arena’ 2012 Conference in Athens

At the 4th Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference held in Athens on 23-26 April 2012, the ATTAC project team of partner Thessaloniki Public Transport Authority (ThePTA) participated actively with interventions at the urban mobility sessions, on dissemination under Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and Smart Ticketing themes. In particular, ThePTA Chairman Prof. Panos Papaioannou, Project Manager Manos Vougioukas, Deputy Project Manager Kostas Petrakis, Content Manager Transport Planner Georgios Emmanouilidis, Communication Manager Chrysa Visba and external expert Dr Alexandros Deloukas, took part at the strategic sessions on:
• ‘Sustainable Mobility in Cities for Passengers’ organized by POLIS
• ‘Integrated Transport from the Traveller’s Perspective’
the thematic session on:
• ‘Urban Public Transport’, organized by UITP
and the special session on:
• ‘Sustainable Mobility in action with CIVITAS: Innovative Mobility Solutions for Sustainable Urban Transport in Europe’, organized by CIVITAS VANGUARD project.
ThePTA Chairman Prof. Papaioannou as a guest speaker at the Integrated Transport Strategic Session, highlighted the benefits of Smart and Integrated Ticketing / electronic fare collection systems according to the initiatives of Task Force 2 within ATTAC Project. Manos Vougioukas stated the synergies between CIVITAS initiative and ATTAC project, also in terms of CIVITAS CATALIST project undertaken by ThePTA. Kostas Petrakis stressed the advantages of the SUMP approach towards effective planning for sustainable mobility and the ThePTA experience within ATTAC in preparing the first SUMP in Greece with emphasis on public transport and stakeholder involvement.
In the exhibition halls of the conference 46 institutions (including ThePTA) from Greece and the European Union (such as the delegation of the European Commission, UITP, which supported the organization of the conference), showcased their projects and initiatives. At the ThePTA stand at the exhibition a special brochure on ATTAC Project produced by ThePTA was distributed. In that brochure the ATTAC project is presented and especially the ThePTA’s tasks concerning the pilot about the “Investigation of Integrated Ticketing and Smart Card Fare Collection System, with a special view to passenger behavior and financial implications” and the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for the Metropolitan Area of Thessaloniki tailored to address the specific local needs, the first SUMP of this type in Greece. The ThePTA ATTAC project delegation at TRA2012 has the opportunity to discuss details of the above with practitioners, researchers, academics, UITP and European Commission officers, for dissemination of project approach and available results. The final ATTAC project results will be presented by ThePTA at the next TRA in 2014 which will be held in Paris, France.

For more information on TRA2012 visit: www.traconference.eu
and to download proceedings:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18770428/48

Publishing Date: 
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 10:30
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