Searching for concrete measures to highlight smart mo-bility solutions –application period now open for govern-ment aid for mobility management in 2020

How could leisure time events help encourage people to utilise smart mobility so-lutions? What could your municipality do to increase the popularity of walking, cy-cling and public transport or other forms of mobility? The application period for the government aid granted by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom for mobility management in 2020 has begun. The application deadline is 7 January 2020.

The government aid for mobility management is included in the Government Decree on government aid for transport services (509/2018). Mobility management refers to the promotion of smart mobility with, for example, guidance, marketing and mobility planning measures as well as the coordination and development of services. The objective is to reduce solo driving and to increase the popularity of public transport and other mobility services as well as walking and cycling. 

Support for communities and municipalities – the best ideas can be utilised anywhere

Government aid for mobility management can be granted to municipalities, joint municipal authorities and other non-profit organisations. These include, for example, various mobility management networks, foundations and associations.

According to the Government Decree, the maximum share of government aid can amount to 75 per cent of a project’s total costs. The results and methods of the funded projects must have a widespread impact, and they must be replicable in other locations as well.

The applications for 2020 should focus especially on any of the following themes:

  • Enabling travel chains in mobility services. Testing, developing and implementing consumer-oriented mobility services that promote sustainable mobility as well as linking them to other forms of sustainable mobility. Prospective applications should focus on concepts that are related to e.g. service integration nodes, habitation or parking.

  • Plans for sustainable mobility. The comprehensive planning of sustainable mobility in a region or municipality, for example action plans and strategies for sustainable mobility, or parking policies. Prospective plans can utilise the applicable sections of the SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning) model that was recently revised by the EU.

  • Workplace mobility management. Special emphasis will be placed on applications from municipalities that serve as the networking agents for the workplaces in their region (private and/or public). However, mobility management projects that focus on a municipality’s own staff are also eligible for funding.

  • Leisure time mobility management. The promotion of mobility management related to significant leisure time locations and events (sports, culture, trade) as well as the promotion of sustainable long-distance transport.

Prospective applications can also focus on other mobility management activities or projects. In addition, government aid can be provided to mobility management activities that promote walking, cycling or public transport on a nationwide scale.

The application deadline is 7 January 2020. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see the section “apply for the government aid for mobility management” on Traficom’s website (currently available in Finnish) (External link).

Enquiries:

Toni Bärman, Public Transport Specialist, tel. +358 29 534 3235, toni.barman(at)traficom.fi