Cross-Border Cooperation Congress — a periodic event — has been organised for over 10 years in Lublin. This year, among many other things, we want to look into environmental protection and dig deep into new, green, solutions based on renewable energy sources that public transport might avail of. You will hear more about this on 6 October 2022 during a panel ‘Innovative Solutions in Public Transport’ organised under a project named ‘MOVE IT like Lublin – a Chisinau public transport sustainable development initiative’. Further information is available at https://kongres.lublin.eu/program-2022/.
Today, measures that protect the environment are particularly important — they impact air quality and thus improve residents’ well-being and living comfort. For many years, Lublin has been particularly focused on Electro mobility. To this end, the city has persistently invested in public transport. Cutting-edge buses earned Lublin reputable standing. City tops the rankings Poland-wide in that regard.
Thanks to money spend on e-buses and trolleybuses, Lublin already meets the 30% threshold of zero-emission vehicles in the entire public transport fleet. Not surprisingly, it is at the forefront of e-mobility systems in Poland and even in Europe. This proportion grows year by year.
And this is not all. Over the years, innovative, unusual and often pioneer solutions (on a national scale) brought about changes visible with a naked eye. Those measures not only push Lublin public transport forward but also ensure better service for passengers.
On 1 October 2021 Lublin Public Transport Authority launched a new E-ticketing system. Lubika is the most advanced electronic ticketing system in Poland, with purpose-built equipment and high-tech solutions. As life changes so quickly, people want to pay for their tickets in the most convenient way. Lubika answers those needs. It facilitates self-service ticket purchasing (via an app, an online shop — without the need for subsequent encoding of the ticket) or by tapping a debit card at the EMV ticket validator. Lubika users can use new ‘pay as you go’ tariff, periodic tickets or an E-purse. Passengers top up the virtual purse to buy time or stop tickets. Passenger-friendly payments were also introduced through modern forms of collecting fares, payments in cash were curtailed, and mobile or stationary ticket machines in 3 languages were installed in vehicles.
Electric buses are another project, which proves Lublin’s long-standing commitment to develop sustainable mobility in the city. Currently, there are more than 30 e-buses in Lublin’s fleet. More are planned to be purchased in future.
A built from scratch network of interchanges (together with accompanying infrastructure) is a significant upgrade in the public transport system in the city as well. Each interchange has extra facilities for bus and trolleybus drivers. Passengers can enjoy new bus shelters, ticket machines, and real-life passenger information displays. There are also chargers for electric buses at the interchanges. There is no shortage of infrastructure for cyclists either. Roofed bicycle racks are located at majority of interchanges. Facilities for people with disabilities (including guiding lines) have been installed at bus stop bays and pedestrian crossings. Newly constructed interchanges are fully lit and equipped with CCTV. In total, more than 200 trees and nearly 10 000 shrubs have been planted on site.
The above investments are in line with the EU’s green transformation goals. But not only this. To a great extent they respond to the needs of the local community. Also they sell Lublin as an inspiring, dynamically developing young and multicultural city. And yet more innovative solutions and projects are planned for the coming years.
Lublin is happy to share its good practices with international partners. Cooperation with Chisinau — Moldova’s capital — is doing just that. Thanks to ‘MOVE IT like Lublin – a Chisinau public transport sustainable development initiative’, the solutions introduced in Lublin, will serve as models for the development of a comprehensive reform of the public transport management system in Chisinau. The following is to be achieved under the project: introduction of modern IT and technological solutions; competences boost of public transport sector staff in Chisinau, and many others. You are invited to take part in the panel ‘Innovative Solutions in Public Transport’, which will be held on 6 October 2022 during the Cross-Border Cooperation Congress in Lublin. For more information, please visit www.kongres.lublin.eu
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