Voi supporting Connecting Europe Express with free rides to rail passengers

Voi is supporting the Connecting Europe Express project by extending the sustainability benefits of train travel with free rides to the train’s passengers in participating Voi cities.

The train will depart Lisbon today, 2nd September, and stop in over 20 Voi cities as it makes a 20,000km journey to Paris where it will terminate on 7th October in celebration of the European Year of Rail.

Voi is committed to ensuring that micromobility can enhance the accessibility of inner city rail services. Nearly 50% of all Voi rides are taken in combination with public transport and Voi works with over 35 private and public Mobility as a Service (MaaS) collaborations, including national rail companies such as SBB in Switzerland, SJ in Sweden, DSB in Denmark and DB in Germany.

Voi is enabling passengers from the Connecting Europe Express to explore the city they’re visiting in a carbon-neutral way and reduce the reliance on polluting vehicles. Voi is offering all passengers of the train a voucher with two free unlocks. The voucher can be redeemed in the 20+ cities where Voi provides e-scooters on the day the Connecting Europe Express will pass by.

September 4th – Bordeaux
September 5th – Turin
September 6th – Milan
September 7th – Rome
September 26th – Munich
September 27th – Stuttgart, Zurich
September 28th – Frankfurt, Bern, Basel, Karlsruhe
September 29th – Berlin
September 30th – Hamburg, Copenhagen
October 1st – Linköping, Stockholm
October 2nd – Norrköping, Malmö
October 3rd – Bremen
October 5th – Brussels

A recent pilot integration with Suttgart’s rail operator S-Bahn Stuttgart saw at least a 35% increase in rail tickets purchased by Voi users ending scooter rides at the Bad Cannstatt station compared to the rest of the city. The number of last-mile Voi trips also increased by more than 250% at the station after parking racks were installed.

In Switzerland, Voi scooters are bundled with the public transport subscription yumuv, with scooters found at mobility hubs in Zurich and Basel. Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, Voi is working with the Danish State Railways and large Danish companies to nudge employees into leaving the car at home and utilise shared e-scooters and rail instead.

Already, Voi riders in Europe have replaced 8.4 million car trips and saved over 1,680 tonnes of harmful carbon dioxide emissions (Co2e) because of shared micromobility. Voi will continue to work closely with cities and public transport operators as part of its mission to transform how people move around.

“Travelling by train is one of the best and environmentally-friendly ways to explore Europe from the iconic Trans-Siberian Express to the thousands of people that travel via Interrail passes every year,” said Jasmin Rimmele, programme manager public transport of Voi.

“Whether it’s travelling for a business meeting or a holiday, we want to ensure that everyone can get the best from their trip and have a minimal carbon impact on the place they’re visiting. By supporting the Connecting Europe Express, we’re enabling passengers to embrace micro-mobility to complement their train journey and enjoy their trip in a sustainable way.”

Jan Vonlanthen, project manager at SBB, added: “At SBB, we support first and last-mile mobility offers that combine the strengths of rail with the potential of new forms of mobility. We see VOI as a public transport-oriented, innovative and cooperative partner to promote connecting mobility at our stations.”

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