The Last Mile Project

The “Last Mile” project (“Perille asti” in Finnish) aims to improve the mobility of local residents and travelers in the Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa Regions:

  • Jätkäsaari in Helsinki
  • Aviapolis and touristic destinations in Vantaa
  • Nuuksio and Rantaraitti in Espoo

It is a joint project of the city of Vantaa, Espoo Marketing, Forum Virium Helsinki, Metropolia UAS, Aalto University, and Demos Helsinki. ”Last mile” is funded by European Regional Development Fund through the ”Six City Strategy” during 2017-2019.

The Last mile project seeks smart and sustainable mobility solutions for tourists, residents and commuters in the Helsinki metropolitan area in collaboration with companies that provide mobility services and companies in tourism industry.

Metropolia´s project team has made research and several studies supporting the selection of suitable trials in different target areas of the project. An international benchmarking study, which provides 41 examples of mobility services in cities and recreational areas, was completed during spring 2018. Also about 100 tourists were interviewed at Jätkäsaari West Terminal in Helsinki. The expectations for mobility services and accessibility of touristic attractions were studied at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, in some hotels in Aviapolis area and in Kuusijärvi recreational area in Vantaa. About 200 visitors on the costal walkway of Espoo and in Nuuksio Natural park were interviewed during spring and summer 2018.

With help of service design innovation projects some of the recognized service needs have been developed further into service concepts. Also a MaaS Business Model Canvas has been created and a research report based on several interviews to the specialists of the subject area to enable the companies to understand the business environment and added-value of the mobility services better.

Links to all research results can be found under Research results at the bottom of the page.

Business from new services

Several companies have already tested their mobility services in the target areas of the project. Examples mobility services piloted during summer and autumn 2018 are e.g.: audio guided routes and electric bikes for travelers, trail-route-planning service connected to public journey planner, surveillance cameras utilizing solar panels to ease parking problems, shuttle bus service, P2P- platform to combine private bout owners and people in need for a bout ride, direct waterbus connection from Jätkäsaari to touristic attractions, a service combining car sharing service and parking service to ease parking problems in Jätkäsaari. New pilots to be tested in summer 2019 have been already chosen.

Metropolia will produce a summary report of the main research results and from ”lessons learnt” based on the pilots. In this report, the special features of Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo target areas of the project are taken into consideration. The business model for mobility services is developed further with pilot companies and those findings are added to the summary report.

More information

Kaija Haapasalo
Project Manager
tel. +358 400 988 529
kaija.haapasalo metropolia fi

Last Mile Smart Mobility pilots in Jätkäsaari 2018

Testing folding bikes at Metropolia - Bikefy concept

Metropolia UAS is developing further so called Bikefy-concept together with Kultaiset Pojat Oy during spring and summer 2019. The target of this pilot is to collect feedback from Metropolia staff about combining folding bikes and public transport while commuting to work. This provides a sustainable alternative for using cars. This innovation development with Kultaiset Pojat Oy originates from a pilot in Last Mile project in Vantaa autumn 2018. It supports Metropolia´s strategic focus area of sustainable development.

Last Mile project.
European Social Fund - European Commission.
Leverage from the EU 2014-2020.