Kuntaliitto, Association of Finnish Municipalities, have announced the winners of the KLASH competition. KaikkiKyytiin coalition won the contract for solving the rural areas transportation problem with an innovative technology driven solution. Coalition is led by MTK, The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners. Kyyti Group is the technology and solution provider for the coalition.
The purpose of the KLASH competition was to find innovative solutions for the 311 Finnish communities practical problems. Mobility was one of the issues that stood out as an acute and severe problem in the rural areas of Finland. KaikkiKyytiin proposal was made in cooperation with the municipality of Janakkala. Janakkala is a municipality of 16500 people with a population density of 29,98 people/km2, located 80 km north from Helsinki. KLASH competition has 1M€ project funding in place, but the purpose is to build a solution that can be replicated to other municipalities in Finland to offer a lasting solution for the rural areas mobility needs.
Kyyti Group’s CEO Pekka Möttö is excited about the win. “We have had several pilots in the rural areas of Finland and some of them have been commercialized after the pilot, but having a contract with the Association of Finnish Municipalities takes the effort of solving the rural problem into a whole new level,” Möttö says.
Möttö emphasizes that no one can solve the rural mobility problem alone. There are simply not enough people living in the rural areas to provide a public transportation service on a commercial basis. The key for a service in the rural areas is efficiency. Existing resources must be used in the most effective possible way. This means combining the different passenger groups that municipalities are paying for into the same vehicles in a more effective way than before. This can be done by utilising the modern flexible routing and real-time customer pooling technology. At the same time the seat capacity of these already paid for vehicles can be utilised to provide a service for the self paying customers. Demand responsive sharing solution can also be used to provide a cost efficient public transport as a stand alone service when there are no publicly subsidized customers to share the ride with.
“Let’s face it, public transport needs public funding even in the cities. To provide public transport service in the rural areas needs more subsidizing, but it can be arranged in a much more customer friendly and efficient way than before. In Finland we will start from Janakkala and hopefully replicate the solution in the rest of the country.” Möttö concludes.
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