Switzerland: Voi Announces Successful Test Phase with BLS Railway

Micromobility provider, Voi has announced that the test phase of its project with Swiss rail company, BLS AG has revealed positive results.

The partnership integrated Voi’s e-scooters with BLS’s rail services from March 2021 to October 2022.

BLS Voi
The test phase revealed that the attractiveness of BLS increases with e-scooter offering

Throughout this project, e-scooter stands were installed at two train stations in Bern: Bümpliz Nord and Weissenbühl. Meanwhile, the BLS Mobil timetable and ticketing app displayed the availability of Voi e-scooters at these stations.

The usage of the two services was then analysed using geodata and customer surveys.

The analysis of the quantitative data and survey responses confirmed that Voi e-scooters are often used alongside public transport, and integrating the two services helps increase intermodality.

The confirmed hypotheses include:

  • 70 percent (Weissenbühl train station) to 80 percent (Bümpliz Nord train station) of all e-scooter trips ended at a parking stand, demonstrating that the parking stations contribute to maintaining order
  • The e-scooter parking zones at the train stations positively impacted perceptions of being able to combine the two modes of transport
  • E-scooters have the potential to reduce motorised private transport in favour of public transport
  • E-scooter availability promotes the attractiveness of BLS

Voi has been active in Bern since 1 January 2021, initially offering 125 scooters before increasing to 175 vehicles in January 2022.

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