The SYNAPTIC mobility cluster

By Pavlina Dravecka / Updated: 19 Feb 2015

The Synergy of Advanced Transport Solutions (SYNAPTIC) mobility cluster is a strategic cooperation of four successful INTERREG mobility projects in Northwest Europe. The strategic cluster was set up to capitalise on and network project results across the four projects and to pave the way towards seamless integrated public transport hubs and connections in Northwest Europe. The four partner-projects are:

Regions of Connected Knowledge (RoCK)

Boosting Advanced Public Transport Systems (BAPTS)

Improving Connectivity and Mobility Access (ICMA)

Sustainable Transport for North-West Europe's Periphery (SINTROPHER)

The strategic cluster aims to promote integrated mobility networks and solutions facilitating door-to-door journeys by public transport as well as to enhance the framework conditions in northwest Europe in the present and next programming period.

This is being done through a passenger-focused – as opposed to a provider-focused – approach to mobility in northwest Europe. Future scenarios (based on the year 2030) were created by three international student teams based on journey audits that they carried out. The SYNAPTIC team will “backcast” from the future to determine the steps needed to reach their vision. The project team will develop a strategic mobility action plan for 2030 with recommendations that they will take to Brussels with the intent of helping to shape the focus of the next programming period.

SYNAPTIC also provides a competence hub with future-ready solutions for person-centered, flexible and smart mobility. This innovative good practice-database is open to all those with an interest in mobility. Its intuitive appearance (it looks like an underground map) allows the user to choose the thematic “line” he or she is looking for and to find solutions, examples and contacts.

The project’s related blogspot allows participants to keep track of latest developments in the field of advanced mobility and seamless transport solutions. Mobility experts may register and then share comments and ideas on topics related to seamless mobility.

Finally, the SYNAPTIC partners recently selected the winners of the SYNAPTIC Awards for Excellence in Seamless Mobility to recognise initiatives leading toward seamless mobility in Europe. The winners were selected from among dozens of case studies submitted to Eltis from across Europe and will be announced at the ECOMM conference in Frankfurt, Germany in June.

To view the SYNAPTIC competence hub, go to  or

The SYNAPTIC blogspot.

Some of SYNAPTIC’s strategic priorities are included in the 2011 SYNAPTIC Declaration (PDF).