Research Project: MARA - Mobility and Accessibility in Rural Areas - New approaches for developing mobility concepts in remote areas

Project leader
Project Members
Omar Alnyme
Daniel Brandt
Tobias Heldt
Maria Thulemark
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The project MARA improves the accessibility and mobility in remote touristic areas of the Baltic Sea region. MARA examines and pilots different local mobility solutions including a Population Mobility Monitor based on mobile phone data, e-bike sharing, real-time information for call-a-bus systems, and waterways for transportation. New mobility approaches in remote areas are integrated into spatial or mobility development plans. ( For project results see:

Improved mobility solutions for touristic remote regions
Many rural areas lack good mobility services, which hampers their economic development. Introducing innovative mobility solutions other than motorised private transport require relevant competences among the public authorities and a better overview of the actual mobility needs. Confronting the mobility demand of residents and tourists with the current mobility offers, and increasing the capacity of transport actors are the main goals for the project MARA. In this way, MARA improves accessibility and mobility in touristic remote areas of the Baltic Sea region.

Diverse landscapes, various mobility needs
MARA brings together transport actors from the whole Baltic Sea region, including non-EU states - Norway and Russia. Twelve project partners represent a wide spectrum of remote areas that are attractive for nature tourism: Sweden and Norway share e.g. mountainous regions near the Arctic Circle; Latvia, Estonia and Germany have long coastlines; Poland and Germany have many nature parks that constitute invaluable natural heritage sites; and Russia and Finland have vast lake lands. The different landscapes come with different mobility demands, and require a variety of mobility solutions, such as e-bikes, e-cars, buses, shipping, and aviation.
Research Profile
Complex Systems - Microdata Analysis
Tourism Studies
InterReg Baltic Sea