Many areas in the Baltic Sea Region, in particular its rural parts, are characterised by demographic changes, which cause particular challenges in terms of transport accessibility for various segments of the population. The situation is exacerbated by financial constraints of the public sector due to austerity measures, which limit the possibilities for subsidised forms of transport. This is not only problematic for the cohesion of the European Union but also for the social cohesion of local communities. The MAMBA project pursues to thoroughly analyse and describe these context conditions in a comprehensive manner and to identify, develop, trial and evaluate specific types of innovative solutions to such challenges. MAMBA is particularly interested in flexible, citizen supported (i.e. less state dependent), yet ecologically, socially and financially sustainable measures which are tailored to every specific national, regional, local, even cultural, topographic etc. context.
With decreasing and ageing populations in many rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region and elsewhere, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up public transport and other services that depend on mobility, such as home care or home deliveries. This reduced accessibility of services impacts the quality of life of people living outside urban centres. The MAMBA project aims to address this challenge by promoting sustainable “people-to-service” and “service-to-people” mobility solutions in rural areas. In practice, MAMBA partners will collaborate to improve the integration of existing mobility structures with innovative mobility solutions like citizen buses, mobility as a service (MaaS) and ride sharing applications.
Results are expected over the course of 2020. The essence of our contributions to MAMBA will be available through various channels and presented at various occasions; most prominently during MAMBA’s final conference in Berlin in summer 2020.
Rupprecht Consult is not a formal member of the MAMBA consortium but supports the project with the development of two key outputs, the “Rural Mobility Compendium” and the “Manual for self-organised Mobility”. Both documents are intended as hands-on guidance material for various kinds of practitioners who wish to ensure an inclusive mobility system in rural areas. The empirical basis of these results consists of case studies conducted by other MAMBA partners, of the results of MAMBA’s pilot activities and of the research results of the INCLUSION project, primarily the Rupprecht-led 50+ case studies on inclusive mobility solutions.