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New public transport services in Kaunas (Lithuania)

Result description:
The main measures undertaken to improve public transport services are: Creation of a new city public transport route and schedule databases through the implementation of the “PIKAS” software programme system. Study of passenger flows in the city public transport system (changes caused by decrease and increase of passenger flows influenced by new location of attraction centres or moving out of old one).

Improvement of organisation and quality of public transport services with emphasis on social and environmental concerns of citizens.

Who are the end-users of this result?
The users of public transport. Main innovative features/benefits (technical/commercial success factors). The PIKAS system for traffic planning and management has a digital map editor that can directly register on the map not only all bus stops, crossroads and segments of streets, but also the capacity of crossroads in the course of a day during different weekdays and seasons. A key advantage is its ease of usage for the transport specialists, for example any data displayed in tables of the main "Pikas" program can be copied to Windows Clipboard and pasted to other Windows programs.

Market or application sectors & potential applications Possible Market?
PIKAS is a private company product and as such the Kaunas City Municipality has no power or role to play in promoting or sponsoring further market coverage for the product. PIKAS is already successfully operating in other Baltic cities. Public transport routes have been managed in such a way that they better reflect their usage.

There is also now a clear line of feedback from the passenger to the transport division at the City municipality and this aids the constant monitoring and evaluation of the PIKAS management system.

However, we were not prepared for the amount of feedback that we receive from the public and we have needed to revise our internal administrative process to ensure that we satisfactorily reply to these comments and suggestions.

Car usage - we have not made any real impact here, apart from some decrease in air pollution perhaps on car-free day in Kaunas as part of the EU Mobility Week; and perhaps we should have been a bit more realistic. We will, however, persevere and continue to make public transport the most attractive form of city transport for our citizens. Potential barriers.

The original PIKAS system contract was negotiated without an inclusive annual update as part of the package. This meant that when we had been using the system for a year, the makers decided that our ‘2000’ system was no longer compatible with the PIKAS support structure and therefore we needed to update our system to a PIKAS 2002 model. This in turn meant finding additional funds to complete this service update. The outcome was that we are now contracted with the PIKAS support staff to complete updates automatically as part of the new negotiated contract.

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Kaunas City Municipality Transport Division
Sv. Gertrudos g.7
44290 Kaunas
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