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Traffic Division to host Demand Responsive Transport System Conference

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DRT-Good 2 Go..........Conference on Demand Responsive Transport

Venue: Clarion Hotel, Cork

Date:    8th/9th February 2007

 

What is Demand Responsive Transport?

Despite improvements in public transport in recent years, not everyone can get around as easily as they would like. People with mobility problems, those with no access to public transport and those who travel outside rush hour often find that there is no service to meet their needs.

Demand Responsive Transport services (DRTS) can provide a solution to this problem.

DRTS is a flexible transport system providing various forms of services that lie between ordinary buses and taxis. It can be used in areas where transport demand is weak in rural or periurban areas where it would not be viable to have a fixed route. The service usually operates with small size buses on flexible routes and schedules.

Cork City Council Traffic Division will host a conference on Demand Responsive Transport Systems as part of its involvement with the Mascara Project  an EU funded project to examine the potential of DRTS and how they can be built into regional transport strategies.

DRT  The Future.......

The conference, to be launched the Minister, will address pan-European legislative, operational and technical issues and will include interactive workshops. The focus will be on problem-solving and knowledge exchange with a view to moving DRT to a higher level.

The topics to be covered in this 2-day conference will include: -

  • Transport policy context and general concepts of DRT
  • Rural Transport Initiative in Ireland � background and new direction
  • Case studies from Finland, Italy and Scotland
  • Legislative position
  • Implementing DRT: Scottish, Northern Ireland and Irish experience
  • Best practice in DRT operations and technologies
  • DRT for Mobility impaired

Who should attend this conference?

  • Elected Members and officials of local authorities
  • Politicians and Policy Makers
  • National and European Members of Pobal, Rural Transport Initiatives etc.
  • Public Transport Operators Private Transport Operators
  • Any person with an interest in mobility issues

You are invited to attend this conference. Please confirm your attendance to Traffic Division Office by Friday 19th January 2007.

For Further Information Contact the following Traffic Division staff at 4924452 or e-mail: traffic@corkcity.ie

  • Dave Morey
  • Anita Lenihan
  • Sarah Danaher

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