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Smart mobility with improved information

Project overview:
Improve traffic safety and optimise the flow of traffic
Make citizens aware of their mobility options
Reduce particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, noise and traffic jams
Merge the systems currently in place in the metropolitan area


Project partners:
City of Frankfurt/Main, Strassenverkehrsamt 36.53 (department for transport)
gevas humberg & partner Ingenieurgesellschaft für Verkehrsplanung und Verkehrstechnik mbH
AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH
PROPROJEKT Planungsmanagement & Projektberatung GmbH

Project duration: April 2020 to March 2021

The project “Smart mobility with improved information” is subsidised by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of “Saubere Luft 2017 – 2020”, its immediate action programme for clean air.

Innovative digital mobility services are considered a demand-oriented approach to influencing traffic usage patterns and promoting city-friendly mobility. For traffic management strategies to be effective and accepted, it is necessary to provide the users with mobility information about the current traffic, parking and environmental situations as well as recommendations with regard to routes or park & ride options via a traffic management and information system.

The purpose of an “urban traffic management information system” (one element of Frankfurt’s strategy to reduce NOx emissions) is to reduce the impact of traffic in Frankfurt/Main on the environment and residents. This involves reducing particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, noise and traffic jams and in turn cutting stress, delays and damage to the environment and people’s health.

We will be closer to achieving our environmental objectives when citizens are informed about and aware of their mobility options and are able to use them with ease. The city and local authorities in the region will be able to communicate public transport strategies on information systems and motivate people with strategic incentives to change their habits in favour of the environmental objectives and their public strategies.

Implementing dynamic, freely programmable sign content is expected to improve traffic safety and optimise the flow of traffic. For example, the sign might contain diversion information, building sites, traffic reports, travel time information, closed road notices, environmental and event information, details of free spaces in car parks or park & ride information. Integrated traffic management will also make it possible to send drivers and cyclists strategic recommendations regarding their choice of route and means of transport.

The department for transport of Frankfurt/Main therefore intends to merge the systems currently in the metropolitan area (i.e. the parking guidance system and traffic information system) into one dynamic urban traffic control, information and parking guidance system.