The tenderer is requested to provide a general overview of the current situation in the selected environments where the demonstrator will take place in order to highlight why sustainable shared mobility interconnected with public transport solutions in rural areas is improving the situation.
The tenderer shall concisely present some of the main mobility challenges the selected sites are currently facing and provide the relevant data.
A description of the collaboration and interaction with the Smarta 1 project shall be provided.
2.3.1. Task 1: Demonstration (pilots)
The task consists of real world demonstration activities (pilots) at 4 different geographical locations, in 4 different Member States, taking geographical coverage balance (north-south and east-west).
The identified and justified locations could have an already existing service from which conclusions could be drawn, be adapted for the implementation of a service from scratch or be a mix of the 2.
In any case the tenderer needs to describe in a structured way the steps needed to realise the demonstrator. For this purpose the tenderer shall identify the services to be deployed, the demonstrator set up, the covered area, fleet, organisation needs, operational procedures, target groups, data collection, monitoring, etc...
It is expected that:
— each demonstrator would have sub-tasks such as:
Sub task 1: Sites preparation and deployment of a complete transport service;
Sub task 2: Operation and monitoring of the service;
Sub task 3: Contribution to the SMARTA 1 Evaluation phase and validation of the impact of the service.
— the service would be deployed within 6 months from the signature of the contract,
— monitoring (and validating the impact of the service) on a continuous basis would last at least 8 months after implementation of each demonstration action,
— the service will be interoperable with already deployed services,
— the supporting travel information service will build on the specifications for multimodal travel information services, and also provide recommendations on how to implement the specifications in rural areas,
— new behavioural approaches will be considered in combination with digitalisation,
— the role of active modes (e.g. bike, e-bike or walking) will be considered,
— sustainability and transferability will be kept in mind, i.e. what will happen once the pilots are finished,
— the Contractor will identify the primary test sites where the deployment will take place and justify their selection,
— the Contractor will install/implement the complete set of defined services on at least four rural demonstration sites.
— the evaluation framework of Smarta 1 will be applied to Smarta 2. Relevant information related to the evaluation framework is accessible on the Smarta 1 project website,
— Smarta 2 selected sites have to provide input to Smarta 1 activities related to evaluation,
— the Contractor shall therefore report in detail on the impact of the deployed and demonstrated services in accordance with the evaluation framework developed under Smarta 1.
2.3.2. Task 2 Communication activities
Identified communication activities include:
— a promotional video summarising the pilot projects and results from there,
— a contribution to the final conference organise by Smarta 1,
— a brochure for each demonstrator in at least local language and English,
— contribution to content of the Smarta 1 website,
— contribute to the awareness raising campaign of Smarta 1 in the selected sites.