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 existing 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. This project provides a more fluent integration of different transport modes for this inter-city and cross-border traffic with piloting and planning of ICT-driven solutions. As one outcome, transportation time for both passengers and cargo will be reduced. The better flow of people and goods result in less CO2 emission and noise in the port area, as well as in the cities. Through cross-border approach, improved end-to-end and user-centric experiences will be ensured and a better cross-border mobility planning achieved. The pilots will carry on until early 2019, focusing on creating a more sustainable and a less congested traffic, while improving the user experience for the passengers.
Project is funded through Interreg Central Baltic programme with total budget of 1.8 million euros (http://centralbaltic.eu/).
Smart guidance for heavy good vehicles at port (Pilot A and B)
Annually more than 200 000 trucks are travelling through the centers of Helsinki and Tallinn city, in and out from the Old Harbor/Tallinn and West Harbor/Helsinki. Harbors are both located in the city centers and lack extra parking spaces. Any extra time spent in the harbor area by heavy good vehicles or ferry passengers creates a strain on 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 work is to make better use of the truck parking slots located on 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 Ltd. was selected to be the innovation partner.
GoSwift has developed an application dedicated to truck drivers and fleet operators, that lets them know exactly when they should drive to the ferry terminal gates. The FinEst Mobility app ensures that trucks arrive to the port just in time, even when the traffic is dense, as opposed to having to wait by the port gates in the city. The app is available on Google Play, and the service is available for Tallink Megastar and Star departures. The service is also available in SMS, for drivers without a smart phone. The pilot was launched in September and will be running until the end of January 2019. For more information, go to: https://finest.goswift.eu/web/index
Fleetrange ltd has developed an API to solve the automated and real-time ETA/schedule tracking of ferry traffic between the West Harbour and the Old Port of Tallinn. The aim of this service is to help streamline all modes of transport on this route, and to make it possible to integrate the ferry traffic into existing journey planners on both sides of the Gulf of Finland. The real-time API service is available for other service providers or application developers, such as other project partners, the cities’ own infrastructure system, ferry companies etc. FinEst Smart Mobility API has been operational since early Autumn and is maintained until the end of February 2019. For more information and the API rights, please go to: https://fleetrange.com/finestapi/
Pilot B seeks to provide a counterpart for pilot A. Where pilot A focuses on the incoming traffic, pilot B focuses on outgoing traffic. It is the outgoing traffic from the ports that is causing traffic jams and at its worst the traffic is barely moving, causing unnecessary congestion. Even though Pilot B focuses on improving the traffic flow of heavy good vehicles the solutions should benefit other passengers also.
The final solution could for example be a mobile app or a street side application providing guidance. It is desirable that both cities are able to use the same solutions.
For the pilot B, an innovation partnership procurement process was launched in September 2017. Decisions on the pilot companies were reached in February 2018. In total, three companies were selected as innovation partners. The partners developed a prototype of their service;
Coreorient Ltd’s focus was to help private car users travelling between the harbors to share their ride with other passengers on their way to same direction from their homes, ferries or public transport hubs. The purpose of the service was to make travelling almost as easy as with private car while saving in the expenses and reducing congestion in the harbor areas.
Tilgi Suomi Ltd. offered a shuttle bus type of solution for passengers to ease their travel from nearby points of interest, for instance from Ruoholahti metro station or Viru center to harbor. Solution was offered through an app and other web-based solutions offering information to the passengers.
Infotripla Ltd. introduced a real-time and predictive traffic information system in the harbor area. The purpose of the system is to make traffic management more efficient and lessen the congestion caused by the periodically increasing traffic. The system is based on data modelling, processing several sources of traffic data and other variables. After the prototype phase was finalised in the spring of 2018, an evaluation of the services was conducted and Infotripla was selected to further develop their service. As an addition, the service even contains live notifications on arriving ferries as well as route guidance for the truck and car drivers leaving the port. The fluency model is now operational and the piloting continues until early spring 2019. For more information, go to: www.infotripla.fi
Responsible project partner: City of Helsinki
Smart Park & Ride (Pilot C)
The number of private cars is increasing each year, creating sizable levels of CO2, noise emission, and jamming the mobility flow in general. Pilot C focuses on improving the mobility shift for private car owners. This work package aims to extend the existing Smart Park & Ride service to ferry passengers with private cars. The target is to get private car owners to use public transport as their means of transportation for the final leg of the journey to the port area. This shift would increase the use of public transport for the port entry and exit, improve the traffic flow and lower the congestion ratio as the cars would not drive in all the way into the ports. The project is currently looking at possible solutions that could contribute to this change.
Responsible project partner: City of Tallinn
Smart approach to Helsinki airport from Estonia (Pilot D)
Increasing number of travelers from Estonia are using the ferry connection as part of their journey to reach locations outside Helsinki region. Information about the different mobility options is limited, and the process of buying a ticket for the different modes of transport in order to continue the journey from the port can be frustrating.
Pilot D aims to change this situation by providing a smart traffic solution to improve the modal split of public transport for the ferry passengers heading towards Vantaa and the Helsinki airport in particular. This pilot aims to improve the access to information on schedules, route planning and ticketing on intermodal options for the ferry passengers.
A call for tender for pilot D was launched in September 2017. Decision on service provider was made in February 2018.
Kyyti Group Ltd. was selected to implement the pilot. Kyyti Group offers an easy and accessible solution to Aviapolis area and to Helsinki airport from the West Harbour through shared taxi options. The booking is done on an app, that is available for downloading on Google Play. The application is available in Finnish, English and Estonian. For more information, go to: www.kyyti.com
Responsible project partner: City of Vantaa
Traffic management optimization in ring road (Pilot E) and SUMP - Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan
Pilot E aims to update the equipment located at Estonian truck parking lots so that the smart application of Pilot A can also be deployed in Estonia. Pilot area is situated in the Väo intersection, which links the TEN-T network to the road network of Tallinn region, located beside the road E265.
When ready, Väo parking area shall be covered with free WIFI network with a mandatory launching page including real-time traffic info for the heavy-good vehicle drivers. The project will provide the technical design (traffic management plan, TMP) for this investment, acting as the baseline document for future investments regarding the ITS solutions in the area.
SUMP – Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan – is a central part of this work package. Containing several different understudies, implementing this mobility plan is a prerequisite for future transport infrastructure projects in the capital region. The idea is to design and produce the SUMP in a close cooperation with Finnish counterparts to ensure cross-border mobility planning, while maximizing the exchange of best practices.
Responsible project partner: Estonian road administration
Specification and preparations for pilots
Before any of the pilots could be launched, a particular specification and preparation work package had to be carried out. Main goal of this work package has been to produce supporting material for the procurement of the above mentioned pilots. An important part of this specification process has been mini-pilots that ran for three months during the spring of 2018. The mini-pilots were used to probe new innovations around the themes of this project. One central part of this work package was also the mapping of the stereotypical ferry users and their mobility habits. The purpose of the study was to provide essential information about the passengers and the factors affecting or possibly affecting their choice of mobility.
The specification and preparation work package reached its goals in June 2017, when the framework for the larger pilot procurements was finalized. The framework was then utilised to produce material for the Call for tender for the procurements taking place in September 2017. The material from the user specification and mini-pilots were included in the procurement set.
Responsible project partner: Forum Virium Helsinki