Collective means of transport, i.e. national train companies, regional public transport, local car-sharing, are available alongside each other and allow accessibility in most areas in the North Sea Region. Citizens and passengers consider both all journeys "door-to-door" indepdendent of the number of interchanges and are unwilling to search for journey information on separate platforms and systems. In fact, people that are very bound to carry out journeys and order goods to home (i.e. medicine, groceries or tools) using one or few standard means or applications. GreenFlexTrans will have two major focuses within combined mobility:
Firstly, the project will develop, test and demonstrate an application and/or platform for booking, paying and receiving information that allows passengers and goods to carry out multi-modal journeys using multiple mobility providers in the following steps:
- Elaborate technical concept for a standard platform (operative planning system) and/or application (citizen’s tool for administrating journeys and some goods)
- Evaluate legal feasilbity in connecting viritually any mobility provider that conforms to a set of requirements rather than complex contractual structures
- Develop user-friendly adaptive IT/ICT platform and/or application
- Pilot and/or demonstrate project to evaluate the product’s feasibility, in particular in terms of mobility provider participation, user reception and journey planning
The platform shall be applicable to any of the participating countries' language and specific geographic and operative pre-requisites.
Secondly, it will develop the efficiency, flexibility and speed of goods delivery services by collective modes of transport, based on the IT/ICT platform. The project will focus on developing a concept and carry out at least three pilot tests of goods delivery using public transport vehicles, in particular on-demand rural and special transportation minivans that cover sparsely populated areas with an ageing population. In addition, bike transport and car-sharing services will be tested to carry local goods “the last mile” from meeting points or bus stops in urban areas.