WIT Press

ECOVIA: Coimbra's Innovative Park-and-ride System

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT990231

Volume

44

Pages

10

Published

1999

Size

878 kb

Author(s)

A. Seco, A. Bastos, A. Ribeiro & A. Antunes

Abstract

In 1997, Coimbra, the third-largest Portuguese city, inaugurated an innovative, integrated park-and-ride system named ECOVIA. The system is an important component of the city's program to improve mobility and transport. ECOVIA is based on a large fleet of quick and comfortable mini-buses leaving every five minutes from strategically located park-and-ride facilities to the city's central area. This paper describes the operation of the system and presents the results of an inquiry made to identify the system users' main characteristics, their evaluation on the quality of the service, the recognition levels of the system, and the reasons why it was not adopted by some potential users. 1 Introduction Mini-buses are a public transport mode used in many different s

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