Developing an Educational Program for Transportation across Regions: The case for Intermodal Connections for Latvia and the region

Lambros Mitropoulos, Giannis Adamos, Eftihia Nathanail, Irina Yatskiv (Jackiva), Igor Kabashkin

In: Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, United States p. 22 (2017)

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The economic, technological and social changes in urban transportation have resulted in important changes in urban passenger and freight movements. The organization of a training and educational transportation program that considers these changes and involves researchers, decision makers and practitioners becomes necessary for understanding new transportation trends and incorporating innovative transportation strategies in urban planning according to the economic competitiveness and business needs. The aim of this paper is the development of a methodology that identifies existing gaps between the transport industry and the existing research, education and training programs and converts identified requirements and gaps into training courses. The paper addresses the context of intermodal interconnections for the case of Latvia and the region for stimulating and strengthening its scientific and technological capacity by providing knowledge in the field of smart interconnecting sustainable transportation networks. A two level gap analysis is implemented to determine the gaps that might exist between: 1) The interconnecting networks in EU and the Latvia and the region, and 2) The interconnecting networks in EU and the Latvia and the region and the existing research, educational and training programs in Latvia and the region. Based on the identified educational requirements for Latvia and the region, 20 educational areas were created that resulted in 12 courses for passenger and freight transportation interchanges that are going to be used for training and education in Latvia.