Mediate - Methodology for describing the accessibility of transport in Europe


Mediate project aims at establishing an EU level methodology in order to describe the accessibility of the transport system (7th Framework Programme – Sustainable Surface Transport: SST).

  • The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the development of inclusive urban transport systems with better access for all citizens, increasing public transport’s use.
  • The project has been launched on December 2008 and it will run for 2 years, promoting the participation and discussion between stakeholders – End users, local authorities, transport operators and industries, and mobility experts – at EU level.
  • The MEDIATE project will assist, with the experts’ supports, public authorities and transport operators in achieving equality measuring accessibility, making comparisons with good practice solutions and exchanging knowledge between stakeholders involved.

    Detail contents and information on accessibility indicators, good practice and legislation for public transport will be soon available also via the Mediate's portal:


  • Within the project, an End User Platform at European level has been established and managed by AGE, in order to provide user experiences and expertise to the local authorities and transport operators.
  • The End User Platform (EUP) is primarily made up of representatives of European, national and local associations dealing with disabilities and reduced mobility problems.
    EUP members are selected on the basis of a number of factors including their experience in this area, commitment and interest in the objectives and activities of Mediate, as well as the broadest geographic coverage.
    They are asked to contribute their experience, expertise and advice to the project through dedicated meetings.
    In return, they benefit from learning about the experiences of other authorities around Europe, notably the challenges they have faced in delivering accessibility and the solutions found, and be able to influence, and have immediate access to, the tools developed within Mediate.

    The Mediate End User Platform members will contribute their experience, expertise and advice regarding:

    • Sharing knowledge about local practice and other relevant initiatives

    • The definition of indicators relating to public transport accessibility

    • The provision of local data to support the definition and validation indicators

    • Contribute to their best knowledge towards the development of a self-assessment tool

    • Contribute to their best knowledge to the creation of the end user portal on Mediate Website

    • Contribute with relevant case studies to the good practice directory

    The involvement of EUP members also aims at creating synergies between organizations and the project itself, either disseminating relevant events, linking their initiatives with MEDIATE events and creating good practice exchange platform.

The outcomes of the End User Platform meeting during the Mediate Working Groups can be read in the EUP Activity Book here in PDF and here as accessible text.

For more information, please contact Ilenia Gheno and Nena Georgantzi


Project number: 218684
Project acronym: MEDIATE
Project full title: Methodology for describing the accessibility of transport in Europe
Starting date: 1 December 2008
Duration: 24 Months
MEDIATE is a Coordination Action (CA) within the 7th Framework Programme, Theme SST-2007-3.1-01 New mobility concepts for passengers ensuring accessibility for all.

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