Improving Quality of Life in Small Towns (Qualist)
This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Program, co-financed by the ERDF.
In the "Central Europe" project, measures will be developed to respond on the arising demographic and social changes in small towns and rural regions. Necessary are responses to declining population figures, changes in age structure as well as social structure etc. However, at the same time, the requirements of commuters, students and young families also have to be met.
Investigations are performed for example for partner regions in Saxony (Vogtland and Upper-Lusatia – Lower-Silesia), in South Bohemia (Jihočeský kraj) and Austria (Waldviertel). In addition to the ZVON the project involves 10 other project partners from Saxony, Austria and the Czech Republic; the lead partner being the Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport.
The ZVON is the responsible partner for the work package 4 "Demography oriented mobility concepts for small towns". There are goals and proposals to be developed (and partly already implemented) which are aimed at preserving a higher quality of life in small towns and rural regions through differentiated public transportation offerings within town and regional services as well as in a good connection to the mid-sized and regional centers.
As a first step, a "Mobility status report" is compiled and also includes the "best-practice-solutions"next to the situations in the partner regions.
Further, innovative and flexible forms of public transport are to be reviewed and checked for their suitability in sparsely populated areas and small towns in order to be able to respond to the changing demand with efficient forms of transportation.
In a separate operating point, the conditions for mobility centers with cross-border responsibilities (between two EU member states) will be gathered and tested on a concrete example.
At the end, a mobility concept "Central Europe Small Towns 2020" should be worked out.
INTER-REGIO-Rail Elimination of barriers to plan and use the rail passenger transportation
The mobility of people in the countries and regions of Europe is increasing - be it on the daily commute to work or school or for leisure purposes. The local railway passenger transportation ensures the mobility of the population, protects scarce resources such as our environment and nature and generates employment.
The aim of the project „INTER-REGIO-Rail“ is to improve the regional rail transport in Central Europe. The lead partner "German Association of Regional Passenger Rail Authorities (BAG-SPNV)" as well as other eight project partners, including the ZVON, are implementing this goal on three different levels: On the one hand it should be exemplarily demonstrated, using studies and pilot projects, how the regional rail transport can gain and permanently keep new customers if it is better organized, with better infrastructure and customized services.Using the experience gained from these regional projects, the project partners will speak up on the policy makers at regional, national and European levels to improve the framework conditions governing the organization and financing of the regional rail transport. Finally, professional networking is also important between the regional rail transport authorities as well as the dialogue with transportation companies, passenger associations, regional authorities and external experts.
The special purpose association - Transport Federation Upper-Lusatia – Lower-Silesia - and the region Lower-Silesia itself deal with the pilot project "Cross-border tendering of transportation services".
Duration of the project: April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2013