On 28 and 30 September 2011, the 10th BAPTS partnership meeting took place in Darmstadt, Germany. The BAPTS partners combined this meeting with a public one-day conference entitled Future-Ready Public Transport. The day included various aspects of modern public transport addressed by invited speakers as well as by the BAPTS project partners on the innovations implemented in their local contexts within the scope of the BAPTS project.
On 29 September the BAPTS conference, Future-Ready Public Transport, took place in the Darmstadtium Conference Centre. Conference participants were addressed by Lord Mayor of Darmstadt, Jochen Partsch; Jörg Lunkenheimer, Head of Marketing and Innovation, representing the host organisation, RMV; Ruut Louwers, Head of the INTERREG North-West Europe Joint Technical Secretariat; Professor Jeff Kenworthy (Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Australia; Institute for Human Geography, Goethe University, Frankfurt; University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt) and Gregor Moss, Transport Commissioner for the City of Bielefeld, BAPTS lead partner.
Nine partners, one project
The BAPTS partners created a short film including images of advanced public transport initiatives that have been implemented in their respective cities as part of the BAPTS project. The film can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-X6xFWeaoo.
Experiences - implementing advanced public transport measures
Following the visual overview provided by BAPTS – The Movie, representatives of the partner cities presented selected project activities that they had undertaken within the four main BAPTS themes of:
Public Transport and Public Space
The afternoon keynote, Perspectives on Public Transport and Public Space, was presented by Henriette Vamberg of the world renowned Gehl Architects in Copenhagen. She spoke about the three challenges of health, mobility and dwindling fuel resources and showed good and bad examples of public space use from around the world.
A round table discussion was conducted on the topic future-ready public transport: what does it look like and how do we get there from here? Participants were:
Virtual bus tour
Conference participants were invited on a “virtual bus tour” as part of the conference. Attendees were divided into tour groups and were taken on a short guided tour of the nine BAPTS cities and regions. At each “bus stop” visitors were shown highlights of the many initiatives undertaken by the BAPTS partners during the course of the project, including demonstrations, videos and hands-on displays.
The day after the conference, BAPTS partners and guests received a tour of some of the RMV facilities in the City of Offenbach (across the Main River from Frankfurt) as well as presentations on two of RMV’s latest projects in intelligent transport systems.
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