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Supporting Urban Integrated Transport Systems: Transferable tools for authorities

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - SUITS (Supporting Urban Integrated Transport Systems: Transferable tools for authorities)

Reporting period: 2018-06-01 to 2019-11-30

SUITS aims to increase capacity of S-M local authorities to develop and implement sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible transport strategies, policies, technologies, practices, procedures, tools, measures and intelligent transport systems that recognize the end-to-end travel experiences of all users and freight.
Cities face significant barriers to adoption and implementation of sustainable transport measures. SUITS recognised the need for a dual approach in LAs in which cultural and organisational change accompanies training. LAs need to adapt and be resilient to a multitude of challenges, not just from transport, but for example, in dealing with ageing and diverse communities. They need to work differently to address complex problems and make efficiency gains. For example, through working with health departments; holding more meaningful and earlier consultations with diverse groups to inform decision making. SUITS project fills a gap by
1) developing organizational change processes for S-M LAs which can transform them into learning organisations.
2) providing training material to address shortfalls in knowledge related to sustainable transport.
3) demonstrating how S-M LAs can generate and use mobility data to build up capacity.
SUITS uses the experience of larger cities (Coventry, Rome, Valencia, Torino, Alba Iulia and Stuttgart) to transfer knowledge to smaller ones (Kalamaria, Dachau and Palanga). In so doing we provide methods to support mobility transformation, acknowledging the need for changes in work culture and practices and tools to better understand and integrate mobility data. In particular SUITS addresses innovative financing, evidence and argument, mobility intelligence, freight and citizen data gathering, procurement, safety and security. The project outputs address:
1. Cultural and behaviour change from a socio-technical, perspective at individual, organizational and institutional level;
2. Collection and use of real-time, open source and legacy data to inform urban mobility plans;
3. The ability of local authorities to meet needs of vulnerable and hard to reach groups and those not using sustainable modes of transport and resisting change;
4. The integration of freight and passenger information and measures;
5. Increasing appreciation of wider benefits of sustainable transport to citizens and cities (e.g. in terms of public health and infrastructure investment) by all stakeholders;
6. Sustainable and innovative financing for new transport measures;
7. Compliance with new procurement directives;
8. Development of appropriate evaluation methods and tools for sustainable transport and mobility needs.
During the first review period, the main activities concerned identifying and describing problems faced by LAs using our larger cities (Coventry, Rome, Kalamaria, Valencia, Torino, Alba Iulia) to identify ‘what was needed’ in terms of capacity building and how organisational change could be implemented. Data was generated and analysed from surveys, questionnaires and discussions with large and small LAs (including, Dachau, Stuttgart and Palanga). Reflection in, on and through action led to changes in how we worked with cities, and the training material needed.
New training material has been developed, delivered and implemented in the LAs and will form part of the Capacity Building Programme along with decision support for integrated financing and procurement, piloted in Alba Iulia. All LAs have followed a process of organisational change. Although it takes time to embed this at a cultural level to become self-sustaining, impact reports have demonstrated that LAs have applied and reaped benefits from this. In the final phase of the project, LAs will further apply, review, report and embed the training and organisational processes we have introduced.
In this phase we have demonstrated that:
• LAs have progressed through a cycle of organisational change and are reaping benefits, thereby proving concept and process. this will form guidelines and best practices for other LAs.
• Real time data has been collected and used in Kalamaria and Torino focussing on issues around congestion, combining freight and passenger data.
• The needs of vulnerable and hard to reach groups are addressed as a horizontal theme in the training material, as a core challenge for the LAs. More work will be conducted in this, building on our policy note on Social Impact Assessment.
• LAs have looked at issues relating to increasing understanding of benefits of sustainable transport. Their taking ownership of this is evidence of their change and growth. SUITS will step up its outreach activities in Year 4.
• Comprehensive guidelines on sustainable and innovative financing have been produced, and are already being used, thereby increasing compliance with new procurement directives.
• More finely attenuated evaluation methods are being used for process and impact evaluation based on an understanding of our LAs.
Exploitable results include
• Scientific/academic publications and policy briefs
• Training, workshops and demonstrations in the form of 6 modules, and eLearning material, already available to trainers.
• In the next 12 months, this will form a core element of the Capacity Building Programme along with Innovative procurement and financing guidelines
• Guidelines for organisational change in SM- LAs

Software products
• A digital badge scheme has been piloted as a means of providing a more nuanced approach to understanding impact, than simply counting attendance at events (www.MyDigitalBadges.net)
• Subject to agreement the following will be exploitable, specifically designed to meet the data requirements of S-M LAs. 1) Android app for car multimedia consoles (sbCarNavi); 2) GPS tracker (sbUTracker), optimized for urban environments; 3) Traffic monitoring and fleet management web platform
• PP4TM tool: Fast and robust analytic database solution for civil traffic research and development purposes which will accept data from any data source and structure in massively parallel processing, multi-tenant capabilities; provide data warehousing for extreme amounts of Big Data (including historical and real-time), while maintaining fast response times ; provide a scalable infrastructure on-demand as necessary ;connect to most popular Business Intelligence and data visualization tools with very fast response times
Methodological approaches developed include:
• Trust survey
• Adaptation of the RAC (Rapid Assessment of Capacity) methodology for evaluation
• Public procurement championing whole lifecycle and wider costs and benefits.
• Method to help S-M LAs identify key organisational challenges and implement change
• KPIs for congestion including a freight survey for (un)loading areas. The innovation using analysis of GPS traces of logistics vehicles and their spatial clustering, allows mid-sized cities with limited budgets to concentrate efforts on most heavily used areas, thus increasing the efficiency of the survey and gaining better knowledge of freight operations with smaller financial investment.
Working with cities on organizational change and providing training material and workshops has led to impacts in areas of innovative financing and innovative procurement, evidence and argument, mobility intelligence, data gathering, creation of learning organisations, and mobility measures.
SUITS workshop at CIVITAS FORUM 2017
SUITS consortium
SUITS workshop on Eastern European cities