When I name some of the following situations, I am sure, at least one of them will feel familiar:
- Have you ever trusted a journey planner and ended up in a limited traffic zone or driving a one way street the wrong way down?
- The sun is shining, the weather is fine and for once, you decide to go to work by bike, but you have to look up the best way to get to your destination. The problem: You cannot find a journey planner for your mode of transport – none – nada – zero! Or even worse: the journey planer sends you through that big dangerous roads full of high speed vehicles and ignores the bike path.
- You have planned your trip by relying on public transport and end up waiting at the station, because of traffic and missed connections.
- When you think of the best way to get to your aim, it might be a mix of several modes of transport. You start thinking about an intermodal navigator that respects a multi modal approach.
It doesn’t feel like it should take rocket science to solve those problems. And it is not. One of the common denominator for all those situations is the fact, that the city administration is not involved in any of the existing navigation systems. Another problem maybe the integration of different modes (and authorities) and the ability to reflect real time situation accurately (and therefore the forecasted events/congestions). Examples can be wrong ETA shown at the bus stations due to congestion or construction sites that are known by the city in advance (like for example a special road closure), but are not respected by the journey planners.
To sum up: the key to solve those stumbling blocks is a combination of real multi-modality, integration and more power to the city administration on transportation and routing.
The current situation
New and ambitious companies are boarding the transportation market, shaking the industry. Driven by the numerous possibilities and market potential, they are working on easy-to-use solutions that win around all stakeholders – most and foremost the younger generation.
Here’s the problem: As the city council, you have the insights – you know your city best. You know what is happening on your streets, you have the number of citizens, you are fully aware of all the construction sites and you are close with the police, so you know restrictions and limitations. To not be replaced by the young savages, cities need to stay vivid and proactive by offering an own solution under their own terms and conditions.
What if cities could do more than just stand at the edge and watch?
With HyperPath, the journey planner module in PTV Optima, you have an integrated multi-modal (public transport, truck, car, bike, park&ride, etc.) navigation system managed by the city, aimed to fullfill the city and the citizens needs as a whole
- tailor-made – created by considering the specific needs of the city (e.g. preferred routes, customized travel costs)
- open – available as a routing engine to be integrated with existing apps and mobility portals
- intermodal – allows to easily combine different mobility services as for example private and public transport, parkings, car sharing
- cutting edge – uses real-time information about private and public transport, forecasts, events
- integrated with a city dashboard that allows the traffic managers to insert events, decide routing strategies and influence traffic positively
Traffic-related factors have a large influence on your city’s liveability and productivity. Best proof is a living one: Vienna ranks highest for quality of living for the 8th year in a row. The interviewed mass specified that a good infrastructure is crucial for a feel-good environment. The region of Vienna is using both, PTV Optima and HyperPath to smoothen their traffic. Explicit KPIs could be improved since the use of the PTV software:
- Up to 50% saving of travel time
- Up to 60% reduction of particle matters
- Up to 15% reduction of CO2 emission
HyperPath in particular is used by VAO, the Austrian traffic information service, for the region of Vienna. Among other things, it ensures that high-quality information on the current traffic situation in the region is collected and processed. HyperPath calculates the best route taking into account the current road situation and provides an objective comparison to find the easiest way from A to B by public transport, bicycle, on foot, by car or a combination of all means of transport. The offer by the regional administration is a big success – more than one Million daily access are registered by the system.
Find the whole story for your download here: Success Story VAO
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