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Emilia-Romagna Region (lead partner)

Emilia-Romagna Region is located in the north-eastern part of Italy. It is divided in 9 provinces: Piacenza, Parma, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Rimini and it includes 348 municipalities. Emilia-Romagna has about 4.5 million inhabitants.
From the territorial viewpoint, Emilia-Romagna capitalises on its advantageous strategic geographical position in fact it is a crucial national transport knot since, besides being a junction to the TEN-T trans-European networks, it is easily accessible from all of the major roads, highways and train connections in Italy. For this reason it is characterized by relevant passenger and freight transport flows crossing Italy. Moreover, it has also four airports and numerous well-equipped ports.


KORDIS JMK (project partner 02) 

KORDIS JMK is the public transport authority for Inte grated public transport in the South Moravian Region including the City of Brno and 8 other smaller cities.   KORDIS is responsible for managing, developing and maintenance of city and regional public transport including the local and regional trains and takes part in the decisions concerning national rail connections.   KORDIS ensures comprehensive activities in all types of public transport, in conceptual, planning, operational, inspection, controlling and promotional terms.


Vysočina Region (project partner 03)

The administrative division of the Czech Republic consists of 14 regions. Located on the border of Bohemia and Moravia, the two Czech historical lands, Vysočina Region covers an area of 6.796 km2 and counts 515.000 inhabitants.

The Vysočina Region is a territory-based community  of citizens with right to self-government. Within its independent powers, it looks after comprehensive development of its territory. To satisfy the needs of its population, the Vysočina Region establishes a number of public allowance organizations to ensure services in the field of education, culture, medicine, social care and road administration.

Among the typical features of Vysočina belong hilly countryside, rural character of settlement and pristine environment.



Central German Metropolitan Region (project partner 04)

The Central German Metropolitan Region (CGMR) is an alliance of eleven cities in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Together with the Capital region Berlin-Brandenburg, it represents the only Metropolitan region in Eastern Germany. This common undertaking is held together by a shared commitment to innovation in a time of change. Recognizing the present course of social and economic change as a unique opportunity, 20 years after the reunification of Germany, the start of European integration and the onset of deindustrialization, the region has recognized its own strengths in change and renewal.
The Central German Metropolitan Region is located at the interface of western and eastern Europe, which provides it with an important role in the exchange of knowledge, information and goods within the extended European Union. The Central German Metropolitan Region is one of Europe's most dynamic economic regions and as a global competitior it has a lot to offer as a place to do business.


German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development (project partner 05)

The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development is a politically independent registered association with an approved non-profit status.  
The Project partner (PP) joins the project on the one hand as a representative of national interests (the German Federal Ministry of Transport co-finances the PP) and as support to the PP4 in the activities concerning the Dresden, Erfurt and Halle/Leipzig hubs. The PP can revert to 60 years of experience in horizontal and vertical cross-sector communication and to 15 years of transnational cooperation. Being an independent know-how exchange platform, the German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development connects its project experience with its political activities (scientific/political advice) and aims at conveying them to most diverse groups of actors affected, thus contributing to the policy inclusion of the RAILHUC results.


KTI Institute for Transport Sciences (project partner 07)

The KTI Institute for Transport Sciences Non-profit Limited Company is a priority public benefit company. Together with its predecessors KTI goes back more than 70 years into the past. The state-owned KTI is one of the research bases of the Ministry of National Development. KTI's partners come from both the public and private sector and are under the professional guidance of the State. KTI - with its total research activity - plays a significant role among transport research institutes in Hungary and within Europe as well. Its highly-qualified experts enjoy national and international acclaim, which is reflected by the successful projects of recent years and the extensive partnerships of the Institute.
KTI's mission is to create a continuously developing, safe and competitive transport environment in our country in the interest of maintaining a well-resourced environment, taking into consideration aspects of sustainability and compliance with EU directives for transport policy.


City of Venice (project partner 08)

Venice is the regional capital of Veneto, one of the richest and economically most dynamic regions of Europe. Venice could be considered a middlesized city for its territorial width (413, of which 253 are constituted by its lagoon) and its demographic weight (more than 269.000 residents in 2012). The Venetian area is in the centre of a top level intermodal infrastructural system:

  • Corridor 5 (from Lisbon to Kiev through Lyon, Turin, Milan, Venice and Trieste).
  • Adriatic Corridor.
  • Venice Airport (3rd in Italy as for traffic capacityì, more than 8,5 passengers per year connecting Venice to 122 destinations).
  • Two railway hub stations: one located on the main land called Venezia Mestre (Transit, 500 trains and 85,000 passengers each day), the other one - Venezia Santa Lucia - a terminal station located on the island of Venice (450 trains and 82,000 passengers each day).


Veneto Region (project partner 09)

The Veneto Region is one of the most dynamic and economically advanced Region both at Italian and European level. The specificity of the Veneto Region is the very particular entrepreneurial system based on a great number of small and medium sized enterprises mainly in the manufactory and technological  sectors. This has led to the establishment of a a strongly export – orientated economic system that relies upon a very diversified logistic and transport  system. 
Veneto has a population of over 5 million inhabitants with almost 3 million living in the area between Treviso, Venice and Padua. Thus it becomes fundamental to diversify and fully exploit the potential of public transport for the needs of citizens and to address the major environmental challenges.


Railway Company Slovakia (project partner 10)

Railway Company Slovakia, joint - stock company (ZSSK, a.s.) has been established as of 1 January 2005. The founder of ZSSK, a.s. and the only owner of shares is the Slovak Republic. In accordance with the actual legislation, the shareholder rights in ZSSK, a.s. are executed by the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic (MTCRD SR).

Company was founded with the aim to offer railway passenger transport services. ZSSK, a.s. was formed through split of former incumbent Railways of the Slovak Republic to three independent business units, by which railway organization attained new institutional and organisational framework compatible with legislation of EC.

ZSSK, a.s. has exclusive rights on the market of railway passenger transport. It is performs the public service obligations (PSO), providing railway passenger transport service for Slovak region, which is compensated by the state budget resources. Additionally to this, it performs commercial activities in railway passenger transport too.


Regional development agency of Ljubljana urban region (RDA LUR, project partner 12)

RDA LUR is a public body, founded by the City municipality of Ljubljana. The main activity of the agency is the development of relationships between the public and private sector at the local, regional, national and international levels in order to promote development initiatives and enhance coherent regional development. RDA LUR is responsible for management, planning and implementation of regional and other development programs.



City of Vienna, Municipal Department 18  (project partner 13)

With the expansion of the European Union Vienna has taken on an important role. It is becoming a major European transport hub in the next years.
By constructing a new main station as a through station, trains will arrive in the capital from all directions to destinations in all directions for the first time. By creating a high-performance north-south and east-west connection, the station will become the most important hub for regional, national, and international transport and a central junction in the trans-European rail network. 
The Municipal Department 18 is involved in all those activities on a strategic level of urban and transport planning. It is responsible for the Vienna’s Urban Development Plan and the Transport Master Plan. The role in the RAILHUC project will mainly focus on the experience exchange on the Vienna hub development.