Mobility and transport
To pursue the sustainability of mobility – from and to the University campus and between its five metropolitan poles - means guaranteeing a freedom of movement to all its employees and, as far as possible, users: they should be out in the condition to choose among various transport modes - motorised and not – considering all restrictions, especially in terms of energy and environment, presented by today’s society, besides pursuing targets of quality, safety and efficiency that must characterise modern transportation.
Sustainable mobility from and to the university campuses and its five metropolitan poles means to guarantee to all PoliTO’s employees and users the availability of various transport modes. PoliTO is not only committed to propose new vehicles, services and systems, technologies, innovative ICT applications for urban mobility plans, but also to promote them in mobility management activities of Turin City Council.
Solutions including new transport modes, alternative energy sources beyond fossil fuels, the collection and the dissemination of information to help mobility are believed to be the path for sustainable mobility actions, in collaboration with the Turin delegated public authority, essential interlocutor when planning the public transport services satisfying the university needs and the latest solutions for shared transport systems.
Turin and its hinterland is the only area in Italy, one of very few in Europe, to engineer, design and implement the various transport systems and vehicles (by road, rail, rope, air and water), along with the relative road and multimodal control (for road, rail, rope, aircraft) using a strong component of technological innovation, ICT, recognisable in ITS (Intelligent Transport System). On the basis of Turin’s mobility conditions in terms of energy dependence and resulting emissions, the impact of innovative solution born after PoliTO’s mobility actions can affect positively the industrial territorial context in which it operates, by gradually move away from our nearly full dependence on oil still pursuing the efficiency, quality and safety of the current transport system.
Based on these premises, monitoring the movements of PoliTO users is the first step to understand what to do for:
- the promotion of quality, safety, efficiency and awareness inside and outside of the campus;
- regulatingcyclepathsandcarparkingareas, creating suitable parking for cars and motorcycles, and possibly expanding bicycle racks;
- improving relations between all poles of the campus and the City of Turin.
Mobility Manager ad the PoliTO
Specifically, the function of the Mobility Manager (MM) of the Politecnico di Torino includes activities mainly concerning the:
- Design of questionnaires and analysis of data related to mobility of academic staff and students
- Management of fleets of vehicles
- Initiatives for incentivizing the staff to the periodic subscription to public transport services
- Analysis of the supply of parking areas for motor vehicles and bicycles
- Studies and analyses concerning charging areas for plug-in vehicles
- Initiatives for supporting the shared use of vehicles - pooling and sharing - and of bicycles
- Improvement of the accessibility to the Politecnico di Torino and of the rationalization of activities related to mobility
- Collaboration with local authorities for a public transport of high-level quality
- National and international coordination with the other academic MMs
- Initiatives related to the recurrent European Mobility week.
Carpooling hub of the "Sistema Piemonte" (Piedmont Region System)
Aggregation of services provided by different web sites for a sharing mobility by pooling, through passages by car. Here you may find, in Italian, the free-cost widget for using a car pooling through a neutral access system.
The function of the Mobility Manager of the Politecnico di Torino includes activities mainly related to:
1. Analysis of the demand of mobility: data and questionnaires (one in 2012, one in 2016, one in 2016-2017 respectively on daily mobility, sharing mobility and electric mobility, plus bike usage)
2. Analysis of the supply of transport systems: public and private transport, internal parking areas, bike racks, charging spots for plug-in vehicles, accessibility to the Academic seats through the transport networks.
3. Management of activities related to the matching and integration of transport supply with the demand of mobility: fleets of vehicles, public transport services and subsidies, pooling and shared mobility, black boxes on automobiles.
4. Coordination with local authorities and agencies, national and international academic associations dealing with mobility management and related initiatives.
Pooling for big groups of people
Buustle: an innovative platform which allows to travel all over Italy or Europe by filling up the spare places available on voyages already confirmed or to activate a collective transport service tailored on request.
Buustle is an instrument which provides to a traveller the possibility to be included within a collective transport already confirmed or to organise a new one for him by availing himself of a network of professionals who pursue the guarantee of a safe, economic and – as far as in their possibilities– on time, also towards places not-easily reachable through public transport services.
Output and Results
Among the examples of recent noteworthy activities, we may quote the recent installation (July 2016) of black boxes on motor vehicles of one Department, used as a test area.
The goal is to manage the fleet with remote control systems integrated with on line modules for the booking of the vehicles and for filling in missions made outside the university, aimed also in the future to quantify the energy consumption according to the actual use of the vehicles and possibly the kind of traction, either electric or by internal combustion engine.