The Rural Transport Solutions (RTS) pilot "The Village Bus" won a competition on 27th March 2012 in Stockholm. The competition was arranged by the Swedish Public Transport Association for the best solutions in public transport in Sweden.
The award was presented by "Twinning for a doubling of public transport". The pilot won in the category "good results" among 4 nominees. The list of nominees had been drawn up by a jury and the winner was voted by the participants at a National Inspiration Day on 27th March. 300 representatives from the public transport sector were present. Media interest after winning the prize has been higher than expected.
The concept of "The Village Bus" is that the village residents organise their own public transport by means of a minibus with nine seats. There are no fixed routes, departure times or paid drivers. The pilot's was designed in collaboration with the residents of Kölsillre and thanks to the strong end user influence, the operation has continually evolved for the better.
The RTS project aims to develop innovative and sustainable rural and coastal transport schemes and services reducing social exclusion and enhancing the vitality and sustainability of sparsely populated areas in Northern Periphery.
This is a good example of a "people" project, which is typical for the NPP 2007-2013. NPP projects focus on topics that impact the people living in the NPP area and may in some cases contribute to the sustaining of their communities. This impact can be felt more profoundly in the sparsely populated and remote NPP communities than in more densely populated areas of Europe.
The NPP 2007-2013 congratulates the project!