Until end of October, the Green Vision of Warsaw was subject to public consultations. It is a document indicating various activities aimed at achieving climate neutrality by the city. In the area of transport, one of the activities assumes the development of multimodal transfer nodes.
The Green Vision of Warsaw is a Green City and Climate Action Plan. It presents scenarios of activities that should be implemented to meet Warsaw’s declaration of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and becoming climate neutral by 2050.
Achieving these goals requires a clear shift towards more sustainable forms of transport, which are more eco-friendly and effective. According to the European Environment Agency, passenger cars are responsible for over 60% of emissions generated by the transport sector in the EU. In order to reduce transport emissions, it is therefore necessary – in addition to active mobility – to use low-emission forms of transport, in particular collective and shared transport.
And precisely using this approach, the modernization of public collective transport in Warsaw is planned – so that it becomes, among others, “more effective (providing the possibility of more efficient communication), integrated (combining various means of transport) and sustainable (energy-saving and low-emission)”. On the way towards achieving these objectives, the Green Vision of Warsaw indicates several key activities for the transport sector, including the development of multimodal transfer nodes (activity T3), to which we were convincing the local government through the Feasibility Study on mobility hubs in Warsaw (available in English), as well as through launching 2 pilot mobility hubs as part of the SmartHubs project co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility.
The T3 activity of the Green Vision of Warsaw (the development of multimodal transfer nodes) assumes the provision of infrastructure in transport nodes enabling faster adaptation of new means of mobility (incl. bike sharing, shared micromobility or car sharing systems) – in order to reduce the need for owning and using private cars. This is to improve the public transport experience, e.g. by combining various transport modalities in one place, as well as by offering the possibility of introducing MaaS (Mobility-as-a-Service) platforms that integrate the collective and shared transport offers in the form of a multimodal journey planner integrated in one user interface giving access to the entire local mobility offer. Activity T3 is planned for the years 2023-2030, and its financing (estimated value of almost 200 million PLN) is possible from EU, municipal or external (debt) funding, as well as through arranging a public-private partnership.
In addition to the above-mentioned activity T3, the Green Vision of Warsaw proposes the following measures for the transport sector:
- T1: further development of urban integrated rail transport
- T2: comfortable and safe zero-emission bus transport
- T4: support for the development of electromobility (as part of this activity, it is planned to create a car sharing system development plan along with guidelines for car sharing systems promoted in Warsaw)
- T5: analysis of public transport requirements and needs
- T6: support for the implementation of LEZ (Low Emission Zones)
- IT1: integrated ticketing system in the agglomeration as an element of public transport management (as part of this activity, it is planned to build and implement the Integrated Mobility Services Platform by 2027)
- IT2: Intelligent local energy systems including vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-building.
Information on the public consultations of the Green Vision of Warsaw is available here (Polish only).