The STADIUM project aims to improve the performance of transport systems made available to a wide and differentiated range of users in the framework of large events hosted by big cities. The term “performance” is used here as covering several dimensions, including the efficiency of the transport services (frequency, punctuality, reliability etc.), their comfort, affordability and ease of use, their safety and security, as well as their impact on the broader community of involved citizens in areas such as congestion, air quality, accident risk which affect both users and non-users of transport services.
Hosting a large event for a city is both a challenge and a big opportunity. The latter because it is an occasion to improve the infrastructures, beyond the dedicated ones, and services in order to bring the city to a higher level of efficiency after the events. The challenges come from the exceptional rise of resource allocation in a limited time due to the superimposition of the event’s connected impacts over the normal city functions.
Transport is one of the most complex, critical and sensitive sectors in the hosting of large events, regardless of the size and level of development of the Host City. Most of its complexity derives from the obligations set by the International Bodies (i.e. IOC, CGF, FIFA, UEFA, BIE) over the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), responsible in full for the harmonisation of the event’s functional transport services with the transport system under the responsibility of the Local Authorities.