Project Title: Easytrip: GR – BG – MOBILITY SOLUTIONS
Duration: 24 months (16/02/2012 – 15/02/2014)
Description: The Cross-border traffic between Greece and Bulgaria is largely increasing during the last decade, especially during holidays and weekends, mainly due to leisure trips to/from major tourist destinations in both countries but also due to daily commuters. Most of travelers use private cars for their trips because of the absence of any other alternative mode. This fact results to increased traffic, jams, delays and pollution in the cross border area and routes.
The main objective of the EASYTRIP project is to provide adequate mobility and accessibility services to the passengers, in order to make their trips easier and safer at the level of national road networks, but more importantly at the level of regional and local roads at trip ends. In addition, the project aims to support the sustainable development of the cross border areas, upgrade the residents’ and visitors’ quality of life and offer an environmental added value.
EASYTRIP partnership consists of members that are well experienced in similar projects as well as partners that are directed involved in decision making procedures regarding the development of the targeted region. In line with the call’s objectives on improved accessibility of persons and according to the recent EC guidelines on greening mobility (COM-2007-551) and the extended use of ITS for supporting it (COM-2009-490), the project will provide its services through web-based tools and mobile applications and is going to be customized according to the needs of the cooperating regions.
The provided services for travelers will include: advanced traveler information, green routing (environmentally friendly routing and alternative modes), detailed information provision for trip ends, traffic related information and other related to accessibility information. The e-mobility services of the EasyTrip project will be provided in the form of user-friendly web services and mobile applications for either pre-trip or en-route planning and information and will benefit from the existing infrastructure of HIT PORTAL, an electronic management portal for the field of transport, owned and operated by CERTH/HIT. Besides the management of the project, partners will be responsible for the identification and analysis of the users’ needs, the collection of the necessary data, the development of the desired services, the pilot system testing, the determination of the actions needed for the sustainability of the services operation and finally the dissemination, communication and promotion of the project’s networking activities.
The results of the project will affect the visitors and the daily life of residents resulting in the improvement of the traffic conditions and road safety in the cross-border network and inside the region of actions as well as in the promotion of the green and sustainable mobility and growth and inevitably in the economic upgrade of specific places.
Objectives: The main objective of the EASYTRIP project is to provide adequate mobility and accessibility services to the passengers, in order to make their trips easier and safer at the level of national road networks, but more importantly at the level of regional and local roads at trip ends. In addition, the project aims to support the sustainable development of the cross border areas, upgrade the residents’ and visitors’ quality of life and offer an environmental added value.
HIT key role and responsibilities: HIT is the coordinator of the project.