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SCHOOL – A change of strategy with open-data-oriented solutions

Project overview:
Research the impact of environmentally friendly traffic management
Set up a pilot installation on Friedberger Landstrasse
Publish the collected data and information as open data
Provide the data collected by the demonstration for evaluation


Project partners:
TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences, Giessen
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
ivm GmbH
City of Dortmund
City of Frankfurt/Main
City of Kassel
pwp-systems GmbH, Bad Camberg
TraffiCon – Traffic Consultants GmbH

Project duration: November 2017 to October 2020

Project SCHOOL is a research project where innovative traffic management strategies are set to be developed for environmentally friendly, multi-modal mobility in densely populated areas such as the Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region. Universities, businesses and local authorities will work together to develop the solutions which will then be implemented and evaluated in Dortmund, Frankfurt/Main, Kassel and the Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region.

A comprehensive strategy management concept focused on environmental traffic management is to be realised for the pilot project in Frankfurt/Main. Continuous monitoring of traffic and environmental situations and developing incidents in the transport network will be developed for this purpose. Besides data from the integrated traffic control centre, the volume of traffic on the surrounding autobahns and main roads will be taken into account, as will pollutant emissions.

A pilot installation is to be set up on Friedberger Landstrasse, one of the most important approach roads to Frankfurt/Main, between the A 661 autobahn exit and Friedberger Tor. When the maximum concentration of pollutants is forecasted to be exceeded, a “pollutant alarm” will be activated in the first stage. This should notify and motivate travellers to switch to a bicycle, bus or train or remain in their home offices. In stage two, alternative routes or recommendations to switch to park & ride facilities will be displayed. The flow of traffic into the city will also be regulated by means of adjustments to traffic light cycles.

The traffic information and traffic control measures will be made available on the mobility data portal MDM as open data for distribution across various channels (e.g. variable message signs,, navigation systems, radio stations and social media).

The research project has a budget of around two million euros and 93% of the funds are from the mFUND subsidy scheme of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).