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New ITS planning tool for cities hosting large events

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The STADIUM ITS online guide has been developed to support cities which are hosting large events and is available free. The guide features an interactive ITS Decision Support Tool that helps cities to choose the most appropriate Intelligent Transport System (ITS) applications to respond to transport challenges.

The city of Curitiba is currently making practical use of the guide while preparing for the 2014 FIFA world cup in Brazil. The city identified ITS applications to improve public transport management, and is, among others, installing passenger counting for bus rapid transit lines.

Maurizio Tomassini, STADIUM project coordinator, said at the launch of the tool:

The online guide is a reference to understand and discuss intelligent transport systems in cities. It can help authorities to make fact-based decisions on ITS tools to manage transport challenges caused by large events.

Patrick Mercier-Handisyde in charge of STADIUM from the European Commission added:

The guide is the outcome of one of the key projects in international cooperation with India, South Africa and Brazil supported under FP7.

The guide is based on the experience made at the South Africa World Cup (2010), the India Commonwealth Games (2010) and the London Olympics (2012). At these three events the FP7 co-funded project STADIUM demonstrated how Intelligent Transport System (ITS) applications can help to manage the transport challenges arising from large events. The online guide fosters the decision making process to identify the most suitable and sustainable technologies.

The guide is available online free of charge: www.largevents.eu.