The Madrid Regional Transport Consortium has begun working on technological solutions as part of an EU project to improve transport for people with reduced mobility.
A participant together with Lisbon (Portugal) and Parma (Italy) of the EU’s SIMON project - which aims to promote the independent living and societal participation of people with reduced mobility - Madrid is using its vast experience of contactless travel card technology to lead the development of a European-wide transport card for people with disabilities.
The new European Disability Card, which will provide access to public transport and disabled parking areas and help reduce the fraudulent use of these facilities, will be tested in all three cities. In Madrid it will be distributed to 2 000 participants.
Madrid is the most complete and complex of the three pilot sites. This is not only because of the scale of the city, but also because of the availability of a state-of-the-art Reserve Parking System (RPS), which allows the large experiment of all the innovations and strategies proposed by the project.
These include mobile applications and other technological solutions to design accessible routes, parking spaces and transport infrastructure suitable for older and disabled people. Following the end of project, SIMON will produce a European-wide strategy that it hopes will enable Member States to better design inclusive transport measures and policies.
For more information, visit the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium or the SIMON projectwebsite.