The RIDE2RAIL project aims to develop solutions and tools that will facilitate the efficient combination of ride-sharing and scheduled transport services such as bus and rail.
By making it easier to compare and choose between multiple transport options and services, RIDE2RAIL seeks to make ride-sharing a more attractive way to move passengers towards public transport services and at the same time fight congestion and pollution.
The project will integrate multiple (public/private/social) data sets and existing transport platforms to make ride-sharing a complementary transport mode that extends public transport and rail networks.
RIDE2RAIL’s overall objective is to develop an innovative framework for intelligent mobility, facilitating the efficient combination of flexible (ride-sharing) and scheduled transport services (rail, bus, and other public transport services), thus enhancing the performance of the overall mobility system. RIDE2RAIL aims to integrate multiple (public/private/social) data sets and existing transport platforms for promoting an effective ride sharing practiceof citizens, making it a complementary transport mode that extends public transport networks.
Duration, partners and funding
- The project is carried out from December 2019 to November 2022.
- The budget for the project is €3 million. Forum Virium Helsinki’s share of the funding is 155 k.
- The project receives funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
- The project is coordinated by UITP (International Association of Public Transport)
- The RIDE2RAIL consortium consists of 17 partners from 10 countries, covering the whole urban mobility chain.
The role of Forum Virium Helsinki
Forum Virium Helsinki will coordinate the pilot in Helsinki closely supported by Metropolia University of Applied Science. The Helsinki pilot focuses on improving access to rail, in particular metro, for the first and last mile, aiming to cater to the mobility needs of people in Helsinki’s most Eastern neighborhood Vuosaari. The pilot will contain two parts, which both focus on reducing single-occupant private car trips.
- Testing the use of an automated shuttle bus in more rural areas, as part of a multi-modal last-mile journey, integrated in relevant travel planning applications.
- Testing the RIDE2RAIL ridesharing platform, as much as possible integrated with existing mobility platforms (e.g. public transport route planner)
Benefits to Helsinki
The aim for the project is to reduce single car trips and facilitate the use of shared rides and public transport. In Helsinki this means less congestion and more tailored services for the citizens.
This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 881825