From 2018 to 2020
The European Commission recognises that mobility is one of the major challenges in rural areas throughout Europe.  It impacts on people’s daily lives and their ability to participate fully in society; on the vibrancy and even the sustainability of rural communities, and on the potential to reduce auto-dependency in rural areas and thereby reduce its contribution to greenhouse gases. Mature digital solutions, already flourishing in urban areas, offer a possible route out of this negative spiral, providing the means to connect people and different shared and collective modes of transport in new ways.
The SMARTA project presents a very exciting opportunity to conceptualise, identify and pilot ‘smart transport services’ in rural areas that combine these solutions, involving user target groups in a living laboratory setting. The consortium aims to gain a deep understanding of the nature and the evolution of mobility needs for diverse rural populations and to assess how sustainable, shared mobility systems can help enhance their mobility and travel experiences. This will be achieved through (i) identifying current and emerging good practice across the EU Member States, in Task 1; and (ii) the deployment of real-life services, connected as part of an open and multimodal network, where innovative digital solutions and shared mobility services will be tested and evaluated for various user groups (Task 2).
Within the consortium, TML will contribute to the good practice overview based on its expertise and available networking in the target countries.  Furthermore, we will lead the pilot sites selection and will provide the methodology for selecting at least two pilot sites. As to the demonstration phase (pilot study) TML will take the lead in the evaluation phase, i.e. validating the impact of the services, developing the evaluation plan and providing appropriate guidelines to sites for the data collection and the evaluation of baseline scenario.


From 2018 to 2020


European Commission - DG MOVE


MemEx, The University Court of the University of Aberdeen, Vectos(South) Limited, European Integrated Projects SRL

Our team

Dirk Engels, Wouter Florizoone, Christophe Heyndrickx, Bruno Van Zeebroeck
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