On Friday, 17 June 2022, a hybrid workshop was held, focusing on the specification of use cases for the Athens pilot of the FRONTIER project and organized jointly by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems and Frontier Innovations took place in Athens.
15 persons participated physically, and 20 people joined online. The group consisted of representatives from all the project’s technical partners (Frontier Innovations, ICCS, UoW, IBI, UoA, TUC, MOBY, AIMSUN, EUT), as well as the Athens pilot stakeholders including:
- Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA), which is the responsible authority for planning, coordinating and financing the public transport system in the Athens metropolitan area
- Attiko Metro, which is a state-owned company, specialising in planning, engineering, construction and operation of conventional as well as automated urban rail projects including the Athens metro.
- Attikes Diadromes (ADSA), the Operation and Maintenance Company of the Attica Tollway Toll Road Concession Project. The Concessionaire Company named “Attiki Odos SA” has assigned to ADSA its responsibilities for the operation and routine maintenance activities, including toll collection, traffic management and other activities
Currently, actors managing the multimodal network in Athens operate in isolation, thus there is a lack of technical and organisational interfaces in achieving multimodal network management. This hampers the deployment of holistic response plans for resolving inefficiencies on the network, have unmanaged impact on the operations of some stakeholders due to decisions taken by others (i.e. impact of congestion on reliability of public transport) and prevent the fulfilment of sustainable mobility practices.
Different use cases were discussed on the implementation of mitigation measures based on needs and objectives of different stakeholders (i.e., diversion/transfers to the urban rail alternative at P&R hubs along the Attiki Odos corridor, encouraging modal shifts towards public transport), securing the resiliency of the network’s performance during recurrent and unplanned disruptions and optimising planning for short- (sports, concerts, etc.) and long-term (roadworks, disaster management, etc.) events. Indicative scenarios discussed include among others the emergency evacuation and closure of Doukissis Plakentias METRO station due to high-risk threats e.g. a bomb., a championship game taking place at OAKA stadium on a predefined date, recurring traffic congestion and the overturn of a truck full of liquid that is slippery and hard to be removed from asphalt blocking 2 lanes of Attiki Odos around the area of Spata etc.