Previously, employees had to rely on department vehicles to get to and from meetings within the airport’s grounds. This was both unsustainable and costly (as vehicles were often underutilized). By offering a shared on-demand alternative throughout the site, Munich Airport has introduced an innovative and efficient service for its employees which is provided at no additional cost.
The drivers behind the wheel of the ShuttleMe service are all former baggage handlers with health issues (due to their previous physical work). The service uses three on-demand shuttles to transport employees around the 8km2 site. With operating hours from Monday to Friday; early morning until late afternoon, the shuttle covers the span of a typical working day.
The service has already been successfully adopted by employees: Within only two months the number of rides per week increased from 169 to 498, which represents an increase of +293.5 percent.
The start of this unique project proves that shared on-demand shuttles on airport sites decrease car-dependency and improve sustainability. At the same time, each shared ride is a great opportunity to meet and get to know colleagues who might even be heading to the same meeting.
This month we chat with Laia Pagès, Executive and Research Manager at Future Mobility Research Hub CARNET and long-time passionate advocate for innovative solutions to mobility challenges. Laia completed her PhD dissertation on Mass Transport Vehicle R
Smart mobility trends are pushing towns and cities to explore new mobility options for citizens while still struggling to fund public transport models inherited from the 20th century.