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 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-in-Time, even when the traffic is dense, as opposed to having to wait by the port gates in the city. Actual service pilot is likely to be launched 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 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 the use of other service providers or application developers, such as other project partners, the cities’ own infrastructure system, ferry companies etc. Fleetrange’s beta API is now operational and you can contact us for user rights!
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 is 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. 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.
Infotripla 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.
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. Their operational service will be launched during Fall 2018.
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. The work package aims to extend the existing Smart Park&Ride service to ferry passengers with private cars. The target is to get private cars 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, improving the traffic flow and lowering the congestion ratio.
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 can be frustrating. Pilot D aims to change this.
Pilot D provides a smart traffic solution to improve the modal split of public transport for the ferry passengers heading towards Vantaa and the Helsinki-Vantaa airport in particular. This pilot will 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 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 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 linkage of TEN-T core to the comprehensive road network, called Väo intersection, located beside the road E265. The pilot will provide guidance and an information system for drivers. Väo parking area shall also be covered with free WIFI network with a mandatory launching page with real-time traffic info for the HGV drivers.
Important part of this work package is also a traffic management plan (TMP). This plan will act as the baseline document for future investments regarding to ITS solutions in the area.
Another central part of this work package is the Tallinn sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP) – a pre-requisite for future transport infrastructure projects in the Tallinn capital region. Tallinn region SUMP will be produced in a 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 be launched, a particular specification and preparation work package needs to be carried out. Main goal of this work package has been to produce supporting material for the procurement of the abovementioned pilots. An important part of this specification process has been mini-pilots that have run for three months. Mini-pilots were used to probe new innovations around the themes of this project. One part of the work package was also a study mapping the stereotypical ferry users and their mobility habits. The purpose of this study was to provide critical information about the passengers and factors that affect or could affect their choice of mobility.
The specification and preparation 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 material for the call for tender for the procurements that took place in September 2017. The material from the user specification and minipilots was part of the procurement set.
Responsible project partner: Forum Virium Helsinki