iRoUTE - Promoting Integrated Transport Solutions for Rural Ireland

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Be part of an exciting, solution orientated, integrated transport event. Learn from the successes and failures of other EU regions and hear what is happening on the ground in Ireland. Bring your own suggestions: Together we can plan a more integrated future.

Community rate tickets at €25 are available through Kilkenny Leader Partnership, phone (056) 7752111 or from fergus.horgan@cklp.ie - special promotion code required

On Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June 2017, Kilkenny LEADER Partnership will host a significant two-day transport conference in The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle. iRoUTE, is aimed at promoting and achieving sustainable and ‘best in class’ transport systems for regions which can be replicated across Ireland. iRoUTE will provide a platform where the integration in transport provision for Irish regions will be explored.

Over the two days, it’s expected that transport providers, regulators, international experts, practitioners, academics, and community interest groups will attend and join the conversation around the improvement of transport planning and co-ordination in Ireland including but not restricted to the Kilkenny region.

See the full agenda here

Plenary Presentations - Day 1

NTA' plans for development of public transport in rural areas in Ireland

Anne Graham, National Transport Authority

The Role of Technology and Human Behaviour in Creating an Integrated Transport System

Tom Cullen, The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI)

New ICT base for the Belbus in Flanders

Odette Buntinx, Lijn

Implemention of new flexible transport solutions in the province of Gelderland, The Netherlands

Guy Hermans, Forseti

Plenary Presentations - Day 2

Adapting the best elements of the Danish approach to combine several types of transportation

Finn Kock Sørensen, Flex Danmark

Opportunities and Challenges for an Integrated Public Transport System in Ireland

Brendan Finn, European Transport & Telematics Systems Ltd (ETTS)

iRoUTE Speakers:

Guy Hermans, Senior Consultant, Forseti

In 2001 Guy started working for the research department of the Ministry of Transport of the Netherlands. He was involved in a broad range of topics all related to passenger transport. Amongst them such topics as accessibility, special transport service and the tendering of public transport. In 2005 he was asked to set up an expert center on accessible public transport and special transit service (such as demand responsive transport). This center was part of the Dutch Traffic and Transport Knowledge Centre. For almost ten years he worked there, given advice to municipalities, provinces and national government. In 2015 he switched to a private consultancy firm, Forseti. Forseti helps mainly public organisations in the formation and realization of their special transport policies, European Tendering Procedures and with their contract management. Combining route-data-analyses with first hand experience of users to find the best solutions to mobility challenges is the approach he likes best.

Ann Graham, Chief Executive, National Transport Authority

Anne Graham was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority in 2015. Ms Graham, who previously served as Director of Public Transport Services with the Authority, is a Chartered Engineer and holds an MBA from DCU. She has worked with the Dublin Local Authorities as a Civil Engineer, as Project Manager on many projects and as an Area Manager in the South West area of Dublin City, bringing local authority services closer to consumers in four local offices.

Oddette Buntix, De Lijn , Belgium

Since 2010, Odette Buntinx has been responsible for the technology elements of the Belbus (DRT) system of De Lijn, the Flemish public transport company, where she has worked since 1990. She is currently overseeing the development of a new and integrated software system, which includes planning, reservations, operations, monitoring and post-processing functionality, to replace the Ring software system that has been used by Belbus for the past 2 decades. Ms Bunitix is also involved in researching future opportunities for small local demand-driven systems in and outside the public transport market.

Ms. Buntinx has a long involvement in DRT for De Lijn, including implementing early DRT operations in low density areas where they were an essential element of the public transport network. She was actively involved in the development of more than 30 DRT systems .She participated in the major European projects (SAMPO, SAMPLUS, etc.) focused on DRT, which led to the introduction of the Ring software system by De Lijn.

For several years, she was in charge of school transportation services for De Lijn, with responsibilities that included putting contracts out to tender, managing contracts, budgetary management, and strategic policy input. Prior to that Ms. Buntinx was in charge of the Marketing Department at De Lijn Limburg, where she was responsible for market research, development of concepts of transportation tailored to the local mobility market, external communication, promotion, maintaining relations with local authorities, and management of mobility contracts.

Finn Kock Sørensen, Senior Consultant, FlexDanmark Produktudvikling

Mr Sørensen has a Masters of Science in Public Administration and a Masters in Management of Technology, MMT - Executive MBA. He has 13 years of experience in the field of flexible transit, in every part of the Danish DRT-supply chain.

He is currently project leader of the nationwide Danish Multi-Modal and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) project, The Connected Journey. The Connected Journey connects rural areas covered by DRT with time table traffic in a seamless flow. The project was publically launched in parts of Denmark in May 2017.

Mr Sørensen has expertise in relations between the different part of the DRT-supply chain, optimization and change management regarding the real-time monitoring processes.

Tom Cullen, Director, Society of Irish Motor Industry

Mr. Cullen is a Director at SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry); the official voice of the motor industry in Ireland. They are a member's organisation, which consists of Dealers, Repairers, Vehicle Distributors, Wholesalers, Retailers, Vehicle Testers and many more important operators within the industry in Ireland. Their role is to represent the views of the motor industry by campaigning to the Government, state bodies, the media and the motoring public.

Brendan Finn, Senior Consultant, ETTS

Brendan Finn is an expert in urban public transport. He began his career at Dublin’s public bus company, in a variety of role spanning traffic engineering, operations and depot management and implementing ITS and other new technologies. Since 1993 he has been an international consultant, working in Europe, CIS, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Among other things, he has been active in BRT and other forms of bus transit, including both the institutional/management arrangements and operator transformation. He is currently advising cities in India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka on development and restructuring of the urban bus services and their institutions.

ETTS Ltd. is an independent transport consultancy based in Ireland. It specializes in advising on organisation, management and operation of public transport, with particular emphasis on urban bus systems.

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