Estonian IT company: private vehicles should be made part of public transport

Estonia should introduce a public transport platform based on mobile positioning that would bring together information about people's personal cars, trains and buses to make up a nationwide free public transport system, Raul Ennus, development manager at the IT company Helmes, said, cites LETA/BNS.

Ennus said in apress release published byHelmesthat the biggest problem with existing public transport is lack of flexibility. That existing networks of public transport routes do not meet people's needs makes it inconvenient logistically to use them, he added - informed.

"New technology offers solutions that are far better than building classical massive public transport and road networks, which would be innovative and affordable for a small country like Estonia," Ennus said.

"To increase flexibility and effectiveness, the government could bring also private vehicles into the public transport system by means of ridesharing. What would be needed is a technically relatively simple mobile platform likeTaxify, which would cover buses, trains, minibuses and private vehicles alike. For instance, if a person wishes to get from Viimsi to Ulemiste in the morning, the app will show them that while a bus to the city center will leave in ten minutes, another Viimsi resident will start a drive to that very destination within five minutes," Ennus said.

According to Ennus, a similar solution has been tested in France, where a small town had a display at a bus stop show also the approaching private vehicles available to ridesharing in addition to the departure times of buses.

While joining the system should be voluntary, according to Ennus, private drivers could be motivated also with a tax. "When aperson uses a car to drive to the city center alone a congestion tax would have to be paid. If the driver takes passengers on board, no addition change would be levied," he said.

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