Regional areas cannot thrive without efficient transport connections. Rural areas have suffered from poor passenger and goods transport services for a long time. Solutions that are suitable for towns and cities do not work in sparsely populated areas.
Until now, it has not been possible to introduce new models. The reforms of transport legislation and technological advances make it possible to recreate a functioning transport system in rural areas.
ALL ABOARD in cooperation with the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK), the Kyyti Group and Coreorient want to help rural areas to rethink mobility in a new way. Transport services paid for by society are a good basis for passenger transport. Public operators are obliged to organise, e.g. the following transport services: Transport services organised on the basis of the Disability Services Act and the Social Welfare Act, so-called Kela transport in accordance with the Health Insurance Act, and school transport. Other forms of passenger transport must also be connected to these same transport services. Social ride-sharing can be organised together, and vehicles that are already in use in the rural areas can be used for transporting, e.g. parcels.
We need a change in the way we are thinking about transport. It is not necessary to own a car even in sparsely populated areas if we can organise transport in a new way. The climate will be grateful for more effective use of vehicles that are already travelling in an area. The vitality of rural areas will grow along with the development of logistics. Local residents will applaud the cost-effective organisation of all transport services.
There are plenty of transport service providers in rural areas. The objective of the ALL ABOARD joint venture is to increase the number of transport trips driven by these entrepreneurs. The profitability of current taxi service providers will improve and business opportunities will open to new transport entrepreneurs.
Communality is an important part of rural areas. Thanks to communality, smart ride-sharing can soon be a part of everyday life. Will Finland again blaze the trail in smart solutions?
Change does not take place by itself. We hope that a wide range of rural operators will become involved in the ALL ABOARD campaign. Local authorities must rethink the transport services they purchase. Residents must also open their car doors to their neighbours. Entrepreneurs must be encouraged to introduce new methods.
This www.kaikkikyytiin.fi website explains the new solutions, provides municipalities with guidelines for public procurement, helps transport businesses to get started, and provides mobility services to all passengers.