Munich is growing and is enjoying increased economic development, but this also brings more road traffic, and air pollution and noise emission are increasing.
The MVG is multimodal service operator for the City of Munich and its surrounding area. It is committed to offering flexible mobility solutions as an alternative to private car use. MVG’s service offer presently includes underground, tram, and bus services as well as complementary services. Besides the central public transport connections (underground, tram, bus), it has its own bike sharing system MVG Rad, cooperation agreements with CarSharing providers, and is extending it service offer with new electric infrastructure (E-Mobility) and Mobility Stations.
MVG is more than Munich’s public transport provider and has put in place several polices and measure to reduce the use of private cars, especially for short trips, to help improve the overall transport situation and reduce GHG emissions.
In addition to MVG’s multimodal transportation offer in the Munich metropolitan area, it provides the following to help support the sustainability of the system:
Mobility Stations – a concept to bring all mobility solutions together in one place. The pilot project is Münchner Freiheit: with the central public transport connections (Underground, Tram, Bus), but also with information point, E-charging station (e-CarSharing), MVG Rad (Bike sharing system), Bike + Ride, CarSharing and a Taxi station.
MVG and the state capital Munich are the organizations that are part of the implementation process and provide the funding.
Further actions undertaken by MVG:
MVG as the overall service provider for multimodal transportation sees this multimodal approach as being successful.
The bike sharing system, started in October 2015 and currently (11/25/2015), has more than 13.000 users, is increasing daily.
Presently MVG has contracts with the Car Sharing providers DriveNow, citeecar, car2go and STATTAUTO. MVG subscription customers get a variety of discounts and the contracts with the providers will be further refined and improved.
E-Mobility Infrastructure is growing with 18, fast charging stations planned to be installed in January 2016
The success of the pilot project Münchner Freiheit, Mobility Stations, is also showing in an increasing number of Car Sharing cooperations and more passengers using their services.
Project: SMARTER TOGETHER (EU project, referring to the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative of the EU commission)
E-MOBILITY SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY
The ultimate goal of all mobility related activities is to reduce the use of traditionally fuelled conventional cars to achieve a better carbon footprint, less pollution and noise emissions. The two pillars of SMARTER TOGETHER are the provision of sustainable e-mobility solutions and deployed by citizens and access strategies to mobility solutions in terms of ICT infrastructure to mobility facilities.
The success of e-mobility solutions and their long-term operation require different business and operational models dedicated to the different applications and user needs and these need to be further developed and deployed.. For the consumer, sharing is a smart way of using e-mobility. In SMARTER TOGETHER novel business models like the offer of service integration to housing companies will be demonstrated. Sharing as well as e-car pooling will also be utilized for business solutions. For logistics and freight the need for the electrification of fleets according to specific requirements will be demonstrated. These activities will be further enriched by other innovative solutions using other e-vehicles like e-bikes, pedelecs and even in some cases e-forklifts.
Project area for SMARTER TOGETHER: Freiham-Neuaubing/Westkreuz
In order to ensure city-friendly mobility for Munich’s traffic participants in the future, the highest priority is given to all measures aimed at reducing or shifting traffic towards ecologically sustainable means of transport. The overall aim is to increase the amount of trips travelled on foot, by bike and with public transport. The development and extension of the public transport network, sharing-solutions and e-Mobility are designed to decrease the necessity for private vehicle usage, and to free up the roads for non-divertible freight traffic.
Some extensions to the road network, the establishment of a network of mobility stations with e-charging infrastructure, and the development of integrated city logistic hubs are considered as vital means to improve existing traffic conditions. Another impact will be the replacement/decrease of conventional parking spaces by these shared mobility concepts in combination with the permission to increase building density.
Munich’s mobility solutions present a novel and holistic approach to the distribution and sharing concepts for e-mobility focusing on: the integration of the entire environmentally friendly mobility system; intensifying the attractiveness of information services for all users; novel infrastructure design; integration of electric grid and energy management with refurbishments and new constructions. It is estimated that this approach in addition to the considerable reductions in private transport and delivery, this will result in substantial, local CO2 savings.
Munich‘s Climate Protection Targets
The majority of challenges were in respect of organizational problems with all the different service providers or/coordination with the various departments of the City Munich.
Europe, Germany, Mitigation, Passenger Transport, Cycling, Busses, Technology, Innovation, Partnership, Awareness
MVG, state capital Munich
Kilian Kärgel, Kaergel.Kilian@swm.de, 0049-89-2191-2009