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Helsinki Wants to Get Rid of Privately-Owned Cars

Thought Toyota’s Ha:Mo (Harmonious Mobility) system is the only one that wants to determine people use public transportation more than their own cars? Helsinki has a similar plan too, but it’s a bit harsher than just encouraging people to a more efficient type of transportation...
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Finland’s capital, Helsinki, which is also the biggest city in the country, has a population of over 600,000, out of which around 40 percent own a car. Not that much, but the city council wants to make even those people give up on their rides to use a common vehicle sharing system.

The vision is to create a subscriber service that would grant inhabitants access to several means of transportation, like bike sharing, buses, trams and car sharing.

The system will differ a bit from other versions you’ve heard so far, though. The neat thing here is that all forms of common transportation will be integrated into one service, for which you will pay in a similar way you do for the cellphone service plan or facilities, not for individual trips.

Helsinki’s existing public transportation network is said to be transformed for the job by 2025, after which it hopes to determine the people that owning a car is obsolete in comparison to using the network, regarding price and efficiency of the two.

It could work well for some cities in Europe and Asia, but when it comes to the good ol’ American suburban residential areas, where common transportation is almost missing, the situation changes quite dramatically.


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