The ELIPTIC Consortium meeting and User Forum meeting brought together over 60 representatives in Gdynia, Poland from 8 to 10 June 2016.
The ELIPTIC public transport operators, technical support partners, research and coordination organisations gathered in Poland to exchange their experiences from the first year of the project on innovative approaches to the electrification of public transport. The evaluation team was also able to take considerable steps in defining the evaluation framework and select core indicators to assess the achievements of the ELIPTIC goals. This took place with all ELIPTIC Consortium members but also in smaller working groups with a thematic focus. In the next steps, data will be collected on the situation before implementing the use cases and work will start on a Cost Benefit Analysis, cross-case analysis and SWOT analysis of the feasibility studies.
On the last day of the meeting, 35 representatives of the ELIPTIC User Forum and ELIPTIC Consortium from 15 countries across Europe met. The User Forum creates an opportunity for ELIPTIC Consortium members to learn from the experience of other cities that are moving forward in electrification of public transport and for the User Forum members to profit from the research and implementation taking place within the project. The group looked at the various levels of cooperation required to establish wide-spread electrification, the barriers and open questions they still face and how they are working to overcome them.
ELIPTIC Consortium members and User Forum members also had the opportunity to attend a joint conference together with the UITP Trolleybus Committee on Thursday 9 June focused on converting trolleybuses to hybrid-trolleybuses. ELIPTIC partner PKT Gdynia hosted the meetings and organised site visits to the Gdynia trolleybus depot and power dispatch centre from which the entire infrastructure network is monitored and managed.
Save the date for next ELIPTIC meetings!
- ELIPTIC meeting - autumn 2016, London, UK
- Consortium meeting - 7-8 November 2016
- User Forum meeting on 9 November 2016
- ELIPTIC UK Workshop on 10 November 2016