City characteristics & new mobility services
Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, is committed to promote sustainable mobility while preserving the resilience of the transport network. The only public transport service currently available in Thessaloniki consists of a dense network of bus lines. A metro is under construction and is expected to be ready by 2020.
The city of Thessaloniki is promoting the sharing economy and new forms of mobility for the improvement of the use of resources. Shared taxi services and bike sharing services are being tested as a MaaS proof of concept. Thessaloniki will also become a large-scale testbed for the implementation and deployment of cooperative mobility services.
Sustainable urban mobility and the implementation of smart and sustainable transport solutions are high in the agenda of the municipality. A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) with focus on public transport was prepared for the metropolitan area in 2013, and currently all 11 municipalities of the city are developing a local SUMP.
Objectives of the case study
The main objective of Thessaloniki case study is to improve the planning and decision-making process for the introduction of resilient and sustainable mobility schemes, with an emphasis on the adoption of car- and bike-sharing, and MaaS solutions and the management and control of congestion.