First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
A new ITF mobility study in Helsinki confirms that a combination of 6-seater shared taxis and taxi buses can carry out all of today’s car journeys in the city area with just 4% of the current number of privately owned vehicles.
These shared mobility platforms also mean fewer changes, less waiting and shorter travel times compared to traditional public transport. In addition, the results confirm improved access to jobs and public services, most notably for citizens in areas with few such offers.
The study also found that if all private trips are replaced with shared rides CO2 emissions would fall by 34%, and congestion would be reduced by 37%, allowing much of the public parking space to be used for other purposes. It also revealed that shared mobility services can be effective feeder services for high-capacity public transport services and can increase rail and metro ridership by between 15% and 23%.
A user survey was also carried out to complement the study, which showed citizens are positive about shared services being used to improve mobility, however, potential users are sensitive to the price and service quality. The results showed that participants would choose shared mobility services for 63% of all trips.
The report can be downloaded here