Everything But Beaming – regiomove Accelerates

Regiomove ports want to provide transfer-friendly mobility and service offers in the future. Locations for ports will be determined this summer.

Image source: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Karlsruhe. “This year, we will present the first visible results of regiomove to the public,” explains Project Manager Dr. Frank Pagel of the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV). Regiomove will provide everybody with the suitable mix of the mobility offers in the region in the future, whether it may be the “Stadtbahn”, a tram-train system combining tram lines in the city of Karlsruhe with railway lines in the surrounding countryside, buses, car sharing or rental bikes. And all of this from a single source. Special mobility locations are planned for the comfortable change from one to another means of transport, the so-called regiomove ports. Their shape and colour will be developed in the framework of a design competition. Until this summer, it should be decided where the pilot locations will be. A further pillar of the future-oriented mobility project for the region of Karlsruhe is the regiomove app. It will be available for the people at the beginning of next year. “This app will enable people to plan, book and bill via smartphone, which and how many means of transport they have to use to get from A to B,” states Pagel. For this reason, further mobility service providers will be integrated into the so-called regiomove agreement, the regional mobility network which was constituted for this purpose.

People who want to form their own opinion about the project, can do this the best at the new website www.regiomove.de. Regiomove already “showed its colours” there and presents itself in its own design. Even a slogan was not to be missed at the beginning: Everything but beaming – the makers of the future mobility offer make this promise for the North-Baden region between Bühl and Waghäusel. For more than a year now, they are working behind the scenes in several "workshops” on the implementation of this concept simultaneously.

For the design of the regiomove ports, Karlsruhe’s Urban Planning Department is organising a design competition with five architecture and design studios starting in March. In July, an expert jury will evaluate their concepts. The design of the ports should be uniform so that they have a high recognition value. A modular construction makes it possible to adjust the ports to the specific requirements and demands of the different locations. Perspectively, there could be offered further services on these ports – from lockers to bicycle repair services. During the project duration four to eight of such ports will be developed in the Middle Upper Rhine region until the end of 2020.

The selection of the pilot locations will be a further, important project milestone for 2019. “We hope to develop these ports in the entire region, in order to achieve a best possible networking of the mobility offers,” explains Pagel. However, he also refers to the clearly defined funding framework. For the construction of the pilot ports there are around one million euros of subsidies of the EU and of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg available. “Nevertheless, this is not sufficient in order to provide the entire region extensively with ports,” states Pagel. “In the framework of the project, we want to build pilot ports at locations with a high networking potential, in order to simplify the change between the means of transport and thus make intermodal travel chains possible.” If the pilot stage is successful, regiomove would be extended to the entire region and thus made an important contribution to the sustainability of the communities. Therefore, it is even more important to carefully choose the first pilot locations. The two university partners, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences provide scientific support to this selection process, which will start in March. “We will then directly approach to the communities of the region,” announces the Regional Planning Association’s Director Prof. Dr. Gerd Hager. The KVV and the Regional Planning Association already keep an eye out for new funding opportunities, in order to support the communities in the construction of further ports, even after the end of the project.
In December 2017, the project regiomove started under the management of the KVV. The formation of a new mobility network with public and private mobility providers, should enable the passengers to a smooth mobility and service chain from a single source. regiomove is funded by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with about EUR 4.9 million for a period of three years. Together with the partners of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the companies PTV Group, INIT GmbH, raumobil GmbH and stadtmobil as well as the Regional Planning Association Middle Upper Rhine, the district of Rastatt and the city of Karlsruhe, the future of mobility is redesigned in the entire region.