EPTA European model for Public Transport Authority as a key factor leading to transport sustainability (EU)


2012 to 2014


The EPTA proposal aims at increasing public transport sustainability focusing on environmental, energy and economic aspects, through the identification of a MODEL of PTA as a powerful tool of governance.
As a strategy the use of 3 leverages such as Quality, Efficiency and Efficacy will be applied to the 7 key activities related to public transport sector governance:
1. Regulation to be performed in close cooperation with the Local Government to allow the fulfillment of guidelines given by policy-makers
2. Planning which has a deep impact on transport services and is strongly linked to and influenced by other planning processes such as economic, social and urban planning
3. Tendering and Awarding procedures are crucial. A skilled PTA can establish criteria and grounds for fruitful cooperation with operators based on quality, effectiveness and efficiency
4. Integration is a strategic issue where an optimal mix of inter- and co-modal policies leads to more sustainable transport
5. Promotion of public transport is a key tool to increase awareness and foster the shift from individual to collective, more efficient and sustainable modes of transport
6. Management of transport service contracts requires experience and flexibility: only from the first day of entry into force of a contract onwards, a PTA starts acquiring experience to improve the next tender procedure
7. Control and monitoring is a delicate issue for a PTA. The cost of these activities should be reasonable, and added value to end users should be proven.
Regulate, Plan, Tender/Award, Integrate, Promote, Manage, Control. The key concept is that these 7 activities should be concentrated in a single body able to support policy makers and involve relevant stakeholders.
Good practices across Europe will be identified, collected and transferred into regional development policies, to produce, as final result, a transferable and customizable MODEL to be adopted for the successful implementation or re-organization of a PTA.