Sustainable intelligent transport solutions and cooperative mobility planning to solve cross-border mobility dilemmas
About the Project
Ferry connection between Helsinki and Tallinn has over 8 million annual passengers. The connection between Helsinki West Harbor and Tallinn Old City Harbor is one of the busiest in the world. Already current traffic creates substantial congestion, noise and other negative externalities at both ports and cities.
FinEstSmartMobility project aims to tackle this ever increasing challenge through intelligent traffic solutions. The project provides more fluent integration of different transport modes of this inter-city and cross-border traffic with piloting and planning ICT-driven solutions. As an outcome transportation time for both passengers and cargo will be reduced. The better flow of people and good results in less CO2 emission and noise in the port area as well as in the cities. Through cross-border approach end-to-end and user-centric experience are ensured and better cross-border mobility planning achieved.
Project is funded through Interreg Central Baltic programme with total budget of 1.8 million euros (www. http://centralbaltic.eu/).
Project partners are: City of Helsinki, City of Tallinn, ITL Digital Lab, City of Vantaa, Estonian road administration, Forum Virium Helsinki LTD and Helsinki Region Transport Authority.
Smart guidance for heavy good vehicles at port (Pilot A and B)
Annually more than 200 000 trucks are travelling through centers of Helsinki and Tallinn city to and out the Old Harbor/Tallinn and West Harbor/Helsinki. Harbors are both located in the city centers and lack extra parking spaces. Any extra time spend in the harbor area by heavy good vehicles or by any ferry passenger for that matter creates a strain to the road network. In order to ease the pressure on harbors, trucks should arrive at the port area just-in-time when they are loaded to the ferries – not hours or days before the loading. In pilot A such solutions will be developed. An important part of this is to better use the truck parking slot located in the ring roads.
Pilot A was split into two different pilots focusing on different aspects. Pilot A1 for the smart queuing system and Pilot A2 for innovation partnership for the inbound traffic. Pilot A tender process was launched in September 2017 as Call for Tender was published in Hilma portal. From the tenderers of pilot A1 GoSwift was selected to implement the actual service. In the pilot A2 Fleetrange was selected to be the innovation partner.
GoSwift will develop a service dedicated to truck drivers and fleet operators, that will let them know exactly when they should drive to the ferry terminal gates. This service will ensure that trucks arrive Just-On Time, even when the traffic is dense, and don’t have to wait by the port gates in the city. Actual service pilot will likely launch in August.
Fleetrange ltd aims to solve the automated and real-time ETA/schedule tracking of ferry traffic between he West Harbor and the Old Old Port of Tallinn in order to help streamline all modes of transport on this route. The main deliverable is a real-time API-service for use by other service providers or application developers, such as other project partners, the Cities own infrastructure system, ferry companies etc.
Pilot B seeks to solve a counterpart for pilot A. Where pilot A focuses on the incoming traffic, pilot B focuses on outgoing traffic. As it is outgoing traffic from ports is causing traffic jams and at its worst traffic is barely moving. This especially causes unnecessary congestion. Even though Pilot B will focus on bettering the traffic flow of heavy good vehicles though solutions should benefit other passengers also.
The final solution can be for example a mobile app or street side applications for guidance. It’s desirable that both cities can use the same solutions.
For the pilot B a innovation partnership procurement process was launched in September 2017. Decisions on the pilot companies were reached in February 2018. Total of three companies were selected to be innovation partners. These companies will develop a prototype of their service after which an evaluation for the final solution provider(s) will be done. This will take place at the end of May 2018.
Three prototypes will be made by:
Coreorient ltd’s focus is to help private car users travelling between the harbors to share their ride with other passengers on their way to same directions from their homes, ferries or public transport hubs. Service will make the travelling almost as easy as with using your own car but helps to save in the expenses and reduces congestion in the harbor areas.
Tilgi Suomi ltd will offer the passengers with shuttle bus type of solution to ease the travel from nearby points of interested for instance Ruoholahti metro station or Viru center to harbor. Solution will offer an app and web based solutions which offer information to the passengers.
Infrotripla ltd will introduce a real time and predictive traffic information system in the harbor area. It will make the traffic management more efficient and lessen the congestion caused by periodically increasing traffic.
Responsible project partner: City of Helsinki
Smart park&ride (Pilot C)
A number of private cars is increasing year by year and creating sizable levels CO2 and noise emission and jamming the mobility flow in general. Pilot C focuses to improve mobility shift of private cars. WP aims to extend the existing smart park&ride service to cover ferry passengers with private cars. Aim is that private cars would use public transport in order to reach the port area. This would increase the use of public transport for the port entry and exit which would better the traffic flow and lower the congestion ratio.
Responsible project partner: City of Tallinn
Smart approach to Helsinki airport from Estonia (Pilot D)
Increasing number of travelers are simply using a ferry to reach locations outside Helsinki region. Information about the mobility options is hard to come by and buying a ticket for different modes of transport can be frustrating. Pilot D aims to change this.
Pilot consists of a smart traffic solution to improve the modal split of public transport for ferry travelers from Estonia and heading towards Vantaa, especially Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Pilot improves schedule, route planning and ticketing information provision to ferry passengers on intermodal options.
A call for tender for pilot D was launched in September 2017. Decision on service provider was made in February 2018.
Kyyti Group was selected to implement the pilot. Kyyti group will offer a easy and accessible solution to Aviapolis area and to Helsinki airport from the West harbor by utilizing public transport and shared taxi options.
Responsible project partner: City of Vantaa
Traffic management optimization in ring road (Pilot E) and SUMP
Pilot E aims to update Estonian truck parking lots equipment so that smart application piloted in pilot A can also be used in the Estonia. Pilot area is situated in the linkage of TEN-T core to the comprehensive road network, it’s called Väo intersection and it’s located beside the road E265. It will include guidance and information system for drivers. Väo parking area shall also be covered with free WIFI network with mandatory traffic info opening page which shall transfer real time traffic info for the HGV drivers.
Important part of the work package is also a traffic management plan (TMP). It will act as a base document for future investments regarding to ITS solutions in the area.
Part of the work package is also the Tallinn sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP). It’s a pre-requisite for future transport infrastructure projects in the Tallinn capital region. Tallinn region SUMP will be produced in close cooperation with Finnish partners to ensure cross-border mobility planning as well as the exchange of best practices.
Responsible project partner: Estonian road administration
Specification and preparations for pilots
Before any of the pilots can start there will be a specification and preparation work package. Main goal of this work package is to produce support material for the procurements of the above mentioned pilots. An important part of this specification process will be minipilots that run for three months. Minipilots are used to probe new innovations around the themes of this project. In the work package there will also be a study to map the stereotypical ferry users and their mobility habbits. These user profiles will provide for the project critical information about the users and factors that affect or would affect their mobility choices.
Specification work package reached its destination in June 2017 when a framework for the larger pilot procurements was finished. This framework was utilised to produce the call for tender material in September’s procurements. Material from user specification and minipilots was part of the procurement set.
Responsible project partner: Forum Virium Helsinki