Wallonia: one phone number for rural mobility
Walloon Mobility Minister, Carlo Di Antonio (cdH), announced that Wallonia would put up a phone line for rural mobility. This hub will centralisze all local structures to get public transport or mobility services to those who don’t have a direct access to it.
For some years, local authorities and representatives have evoked the idea of a Walloon hub gathering mobility solutions for those in need. Pilot hubs grew up in many municipalities but, two years ago, Minister Carlo Di Antonio cut public subsidies. Today, the Mobility Minister announced that a new formula would be put in place.
Central phone line
“The regional mobility hub will be created this December or at the latest in January 2019”, declared Carlo Di Antonio in his written answer to questions from deputies, Stéphane Hazée (Ecolo) and Christine Poulin (PS).
The objective is to launch a central phone line to answer the Walloon’s mobility demands. The hub will coordinate mobility solutions to get to isolated or elderly people who don’t get access to public transport and don’t have a car or motorcycle.
“The regional hub will coordinate and work in full collaboration with about fifteen local structures active at the supra-municipal level”, explains Minister Di Antonio. An agreement was recently found between the already existing mobility hub’s representatives and the government.
The three objectives will be to put up the central phone line, to coordinate all mobility solutions (public transport, social taxis, volunteer drivers, taxis and more) and promote local transport services that represent an alternative to the car.
“It’s good news for a great project: we fill needs that would never have been filled with public transport”, declared Ecolo Deputy, Stéphane Hazée, “we’ve come a long way. We are no longer in a centralization and in a ‘blank slate’ logic, but in a regional hub logic that emanates from local non-profit organizations. Even if we’ve lost time we can move forward to a sustainable model.”