|GP: On the Train Towards the Future - OTTF! - Regional|
An international project on the interconnected themes of Sustainable Mobility, Climate Change, and Carfree Communities…
Summary: The Programme/How we work on a national basis
OTTF is a communication project about the three inter-connected themes of sustainable mobility, climate change and carfree communities.
In OTTF, the introduction of a new railway or public transport vehicle, infrastructure and/or programmes is used as an “ambassador” or “bridge” to our themes, encouraging a better understanding about them with the public, business and government sectors, in order to increase interest in and gain the skills needed to create a more sustainable society.
Description of planned activities (Pre-production, production, realization, dissemination)
1. Outreach to various railway entities (at conferences, trade shows etc.)
The goal of the pre-production period of OTTF is securing funding and agreements for production of one or more of the modules.
Production of a Module
Production starts when the first agreement or agreements for realization of a module are signed. While pre-production of other modules will continue, at this point the project becomes “public”. Plans are concretized with relevant actors (such as dates when activities will happen), a hiring process of local and national staff and development of educational and other resources will begin. Initial, advance press releases will be sent out (e.g. “Introduction of new EMUs by PKP Regional to include extensive environment education programme”) and local non-railway partners (local newspapers, local businesses, etc) will be sought out.
1. Local and national staff: It is most efficient if there is a national staff who will be available to oversee, manage and perform activities of the project in coordination with local and temporary staff. This is the ideal, and easier to achieve if there are enough modules being realized in succession and/or simultaneously to enable staff to have dependable work within the project. In any case, there will be active and inactive times during the project.
Realisation of a Module (Example of introduction of new vehicles)
Introduction: The events at the introduction of a new railway or public transport vehicle will be temporary, at a minimum as the first vehicles enter service, with an indefinite extension based on how many enter service, and to what areas of the city or region. Thus, the events will last for at least a few days or longer and may stop and start as new vehicles enter service, and as new areas of town/new areas of the region receive their first visits. The public realisation of every module will be different, both in schedule and content.
Example: New Suburban Train.
OTTF staff will travel with the vehicle itself, separately to individual stations or possibly on a special OTTF train (if funding and temporary vehicle donations permit).
The Towns would have some of this, depending on size and degree of local participation. In both the Large City and the Towns the events would be centred on the station visited by the new train, but also coordinated with local public transport or other activities supported by the municipality. So, every event will require the participation of the operator of the vehicle, the manufacturer of the vehicle and municipalities and others in ideally all locations, and certainly every Large City, but perhaps just some of the Towns.
Example scenario. Simultaneously, a new tram and a new „smartcard” scheme (events leading up to and including one day’s activities)
Place: Borscht city, the capital of the Former Cabbage and Potato Republic:
Green Idea Factory, Czech Republic
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