Providing frequent and cost-effective public transport in scattered residential areas is a challenge to planners, operators, and metropolitan administrations. As a consequence, car dependency is often high in these locations. Difficulties related to accessibility and topography become a major challenge in areas that have steep serpentine streets. These areas are not ideal for alternative non-motorised modes of transport, such as walking and cycling.
The Municipality of Vallirana has several such residential areas with almost half of its 15,600 inhabitants spread out over 490 hectares. Shotl is actively working with the municipal bus operator “Soler i Sauret” to solve the challenge of providing efficient public transport services in the region. The pre-launch phase has now been successfully completed and the project will officially start on August 1st 2018. The project will see the transformation of services from the previously fixed bus routes into a flexible service that connects various residential areas with the town center of Vallirana. From its center, passengers are able to connect onto inter-urban bus lines that link Vallirana with Barcelona as well as numerous other towns.
This operation improves the first and last mile connectivity within a very low-density area of Barcelona. The project has been carefully planned and executed; relevant permits have been obtained from authorities and the detailing of operational aspects (stops, service hours, connection to other services, etc.) has been arranged. During the preparation and pre-launch period, the following three technical challenges were resolved:
We at Shotl are excited to engage in this new project with our local partners. It will serve as a use case for other locations that face similar challenges and are willing to provide and/or improve mobility in order to make a difference.
A local on-demand pilot in Herzogenbuchsee, Switzerland that is run by volunteers and operates via a fully electric-fleet, including a rickshaw, is now using Shotl’s platform under the umbrella of the project flow on demand.