Pilot Projects

​MEASURES FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY PLANNING FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS

1. Compilation and Development of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the Valletta Region

Through this measure, TM together with the Valletta Local Council will design a specific Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in line with the European Commission Communication on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans for the region of Valletta.  Each specific measure in the SUMP will be based upon, and in accordance with, the baseline data on residents’, commuters’ and tourist movements and travel habits in Valletta.  As part of the experience gathered during the compilation of a SUMP for Valletta, TM will be able to create a standard SUMP methodology and template to be distributed to other Local Councils which will in turn assist them to create a SUMP for their region.  Apart from the guidance provided by the template to be developed, workshops will also be organised for Local Councils, while the measures compiled for Valletta will also be used as an example on which to build locality plans.

 
2. Introduction of an Award Scheme for the best urban planning action plans by Local Councils
 
Measure 1 will be taken further through the launch of a Competition and Award scheme open for any locality/group of localities/regions, which is/are negatively affected by the influx of tourism, other than the Region of Valletta. The participants in the Competition and Award will be invited to draw up a list of measures to address sustainable transport.  As a price, the winning entry (the best list of measures) will receive a cash grant of €50,000 to carry out at least one of the measures indicated.  The winning locality/region will be given the necessary assistance to formulate and develop the measures submitted as part of the competition into a more comprehensive and holistic SUMP based on the template to be compiled as part of Measure 1.
 
3. Testing the feasibility and effectiveness of a Low Emission Zone
 
Through this measure, TM will introduce the concept of Low Emission Zones which will be based on the London Congestion Charge. This measure will be implemented as a demonstration project to ascertain how such systems work, gauge the behaviour of drivers and vehicle owners with respect to transport modes that will be used, change in traffic congestion, spill-over in other streets and locations, gauge different charging and pricing regimes and ascertain the feasibility of such a system.  Any pricing systems tested during this measure will not be actually charged to the user; instead a phantom billing system will be used by which commuters will only be informed of the price that would have been charged had the system not been a test. Using these results and findings, TM will be able to see whether such systems work in the Maltese context, their effectiveness to address air quality levels and climate change targets as well as use the study to shape future policies in Malta and Gozo when it comes to the development and implementation of further emission zones.
 
MEASURE FOR SHARED MOBILITY AND E-INFRASTRUCTURES TOWARDS ZERO EMISSION TRANSPORT
 
4. Introduction of e-bike sharing system and management platform between central and outer Valletta
 
This measure will be implemented between TM and the Valletta Local Council. The measure includes the introduction and installation of e-bike sharing stations in three main points in Valletta to increase accessibility as well as to promote the use of cycling in the Capital City which, to date, is absent. This will be carried out as a pilot project since such a service is not yet available. This measure is divided into two sub-measures:
 
i.  Installation of e-bike sharing installations including bicycle rack and 5 Pedelecs
ii. Creation of an operational platform of the service and data gathering exercise.

MEASURE FOR SMART AND CLEAN URBAN FREIGHT LOGISTICS AT TOURIST DESTINATIONS

5. Last mile delivery of goods and consolidation system for the City of Valletta

 
The study shall identify alternative means to be made available for goods to access Valletta without using the ring road and clogging the city streets.  An options analysis is to be compiled followed by a CBA on the preferred option.  The study shall also design a pilot project to be implemented as part of the DESTINATIONS project to test the concept of sustainable last mile delivery of goods within Valletta. Data collected during the pilot is to be analysed and used to feed into the SUMP, including the Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan (SULP) for Valletta, to be compiled as part of Measure 1.
 
MEASURES FOR MOBILITY MANAGEMENT AND AWARENESS FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY AT TRANSPORT DESTINATIONS
 
6. Creation of a mobile application with the aim of promoting sustainable transport among tourists
 
The measure will be led by TM with the assistance of the University of Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA). The measure consists of Information Awareness on Sustainable Mobility among Tourists. This involves the development of a mobile application (APP), targeting tourists and locals, to include a number of destinations in Malta and information on how these can be reached by the different means of sustainable transport available. It is currently being studied how this APP can also be used to remotely collect data on tourist mobility.
 
7. The introduction and testing of Green Credits system among tourists
 
Green Credits Scheme among Tourists: A survey will be embedded as part of the APP mentioned in Measure 6 that will ask users what modes of transport they have used to travel around Malta during their stay.  This will allow the Ministry and TM to gather much needed data in terms of tourist mobility, while at the same time encourage tourists to select the most sustainable means of transport since, based on the answers submitted in the survey, a periodic draw will take place and the users having selected the most green transport options will be given prizes.  Elaboration and dissemination of a sustainable mobility tourist information booklet (in printed and electronic format) targeting tourists. The hard copies will be disseminated at tourist information offices, hotels, and other relevant locations. The electronic copy will be promoted through relevant websites. The booklet will be translated in other languages mainly Italian, German, and French.
 
8. Green Travel Plans for Hotels: Green Mobility Award for Hotels and Restaurants and introduction of a Green Eco Label for the businesses in the tourist sector
 
Through this measure, the Ministry for Tourism will introduce a new and innovative national award for the best Green Mobility Plan for Hotels and Restaurants, entitled the Green Mobility Award. The award is designed to create awareness for sustainable green transport with respect to the tourism industry as well as to create awareness for the need to improve the quality of life for guests and residents in the region. Another aim is to create awareness to the hospitality industry and operators that the sector also needs to give something back to the area/locality and respective community from where they operate. The concept behind this measure is to design a “Green Mobility Plan” for Hotels and Restaurants, similar to a SUMP for a locality, and which will have to address:
  • the operations of the establishment
  • the services it buys from third party companies or operator
  • transport of employees
  • improvements within/adjacent to the premises to compliment and cater for green transport
  • deployment or upgrading of infrastructure as required to allow the implementation of the respective Green Plan
  • ancillary services provided for the residents (including the provision of services such as the provision of courtesy transport services or subsided green transport services intended for hotel residents during their stay at the hotel to specific local destinations of high touristic value or to and from main transportation hubs which may not necessarily be related to land transport, but can also focus on different modes of transport such as maritime transport).
 
Submissions will be adjudicated and the best submission will be given a cash grant to implement one of the measures proposed in the plan as well as the Green Mobility ECO-Label which will be introduced as part of this Measure. 
 
MEASURE FOR ATTRACTIVE, CLEAN, ACCESSIBLE AND EFFICIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT
 
9. Further integration of the inner-harbour ferry service into the main public transport network
 
This measure will be implemented between TM and the Valletta Local Council. It includes:
 
i. the commissioning of a study to examine in detail the best way to improve passenger accessibility from the lower part, to the upper and central part of Valletta. This is an important transport link since the lower harbour area (Marsamxetto Side) is serviced by maritime ferry services but there is no form of eased accessibility from the ferry landing site to the central and northern side of Valletta.  Currently, commuters need to travel the steep incline towards the city centre either on foot or using private means of transport. This drastically discourages the use of the ferry services.  The number of passengers making use of the scheduled ferry service should increase exponentially if accessibility on this side of Valletta is improved.
 
ii. The second sub measure is to retrofit two buses to be able to use LPG rather than diesel and hence contribute towards improved air quality levels inside Valletta.  These same buses will be used on the ferry landing routes as explained in the third sub measure.
 
iii. The third sub measure is the extension of an existing mini bus service operating from the P+R Facility outside Valletta to Central Valletta. The route will be extended to pick up passengers from the respective ferry landing sites in accordance with the time schedules of the ferries.
 
iv. The fourth measure is to introduce Variable Message Signs at both landing sites to advise commuters in real time the arrival and departures of both the ferries and the mini buses, hence the provision of inter-modal journey time information will also be introduced.