2. 4/5/2016 – The presentation of the environmental friendliest transport planner GreenYourMove to transportation stakeholders in Volos, Athens and Thessaloniki
GreenYourMove (GYM) is a European Research Project co-funded by LIFE, the EU financial instrument for the environment – LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611. Six partners from Greece (University of Thessaly, AVMap GIS S.A., TRAINOSE S.A. and EMISIA S.A.), Czech Republic (CHAPS spol. s.r.o.) and the Netherlands (Stichting Plannerstack) collaborate under the coordination of the University of Thessaly for the project’s deliverables. The project just started in September 2015 and will last until August 2018.
GreenYourMove main objective is the development and promotion of a co-modal journey application that minimizes GHG emission in Europe. GreenYourMove multi-modal platform considering all kinds of urban public transportation (urban and sub-urban buses, metro, tram, trolley, and trains) in where users get optimized routes combining more than one transport modes if necessary. GreenYourMove maps the entire public transport network (train, metro, tram, bus, trolley, suburban, KTEL) in the 16 biggest Greek cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Alexandroupolis, Chalkida, Florina, Ioannina, Katerini, Komotini, Lamia, Larissa, Patras, Serres, Thiva, Trikala, Volos, Xanthi). GYM platform uses innovative algorithms for the calculation of the alternative routes.
Among the process, three workshops took place, of which one was held in Volos (18/4), one in Athens (20/4), and one in Thessaloniki (22/4). The main objective was the presentation of the platform to public transportation operators, research institutes, and universities. A detailed analysis of the specific actions and operators involved in this process was presented. Many among the public transportation operators presented the fleet management systems they utilize, and also presented the benefits of their use. The experimental platform was presented on these meetings, and its’ database was thoroughly analyzed; the methodology used for emission calculation and also the ability of identifying the optimal route, were of particular importance. Furthermore, secondary benefits provided by this platform were presented, which are able to assist transportation operators and companies, such as optimal route utilization throughout their delivery and pick-up routes.
Finally, a thorough discussion also took place with operators, regarding the benefits from the use of this platform by public transportation operators in Greece, and throughout Europe as well. The participants promised to keep supporting GYM and the platform via constant database updates, dissemination actions while they also filled questionnaires which regarded the operators, and the fleet management systems they currently utilize.
The workshops were honored by the presence of 25 stakeholders such as Athens Urban Transport Organization (O.A.S.A.), Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization (O.A.S.TH.), Intercity Busses of Achaia, Intercity Busses of Argolida, Intercity Busses of Trikala, Intercity Busses of Karditsa, Intercity Busses of Magnisia, Intercity Busses of Fokida, Intercity Busses of Xanthi, Intercity Busses of Thiva, Intercity Busses of Attica, City Busses of Patra, City Busses of Trikala, City Busses of Lamia, City Busses of Volos, City Busses of Larisa, City Busses of Aigio, City Busses of Komotini, City Busses of Kastoria, City Busses of Kavala, University of Thessaly, National and Technical University of Athens, AVMAP SA, EMISIA SA and TRAINOSE SA.