Real-time multimodal transit information and route-planning apps provide travelers with up-to-date information on transit options, stop locations, and scheduled and predicted arrival times. For example, an algorithm which calculates the best transfer points for a user to park her car and continue a trip by public transport can result in mode shift over time.
- This action applies specifically to passenger transport; a comparable initiative to increase freight efficiency is described in a separate action entitled ‘Improve freight efficiency….’
- As noted, this action applies to walking, cycling, public transport, and car sharing.
- A case study in Helsinki Capital Area using real time vehicle simulations has indicated that a driver can reduce their CO2 emissions by more than 50% by considering factors such as time, emissions, cost, and distance for planning a trip that involves multiple means of transportation。
- Sustainable development benefits include improved coordination of mobility options, reduced travel times, and increased personal security through reduced wait times in potentially dangerous public spaces.
Status of deployment:
- The majority of global examples are concentrated in developed country cities based on available telecommunication infrastructure, with developing countries making strides based on appropriate technologies (e.g. through cab hailing apps).
- In the United Kingdom, widespread deployment of real-time public transport information along with targeted marketing could decrease car travel demand by 1.8% to 6.0% in urban areas. Evidence from the Chicago Transit Authority’s Bus Tracker system establishes that the real-time transit information system has attracted a significant (if modest) number of new riders to the city’s bus system, suggesting that real-time transit tools can serve not only to increase the satisfaction of existing transit riders, but also to entice new ones.