Sprinti is an on-demand bus service that runs in the Hannover region. The goal of the service is to increase the accessibility and attractiveness of public transport in the region and to achieve emission savings. Currently available in three municipalities in the Hannover region, Sprinti provides a reliable and sustainable mobility solution to people in peripheral areas. The long-term goal is to expand Sprinti throughout the whole Hannover region.
The Region Hannover’s local transport plan envisages a three-tier public transport service. The third distribution level has so far been shaped by conventional public transport based on fixed lines with low service levels. Such services are often not perceived as attractive by the user group, leaving passenger potential untapped & customers unsatisfied. Hannover Region is therefore now planning a modernization by implementing a demand-oriented supplementary public transport service at the third distribution level.
The aim of the project is to integrate an on-demand mobility solution (“Sprinti”) into the existing public transport of the Hannover region and its various municipalities to increase the accessibility and attractiveness of the public transport service and to reduce emissions. Sprinti has been developed by the Region Hannover in cooperation with the local public transport companies Üstra and Regiobus and is currently being operated by the service provider Via. Sprinti connects on-demand mobility solutions reliably with frequently operating bus and train services to provide a well-integrated last- and first-mile mobility solution. The service can be ordered through an app to an existing or a virtual stop that is usually no further than 150m away. Currently, the service is available in Wedemark, Sehnde and Springe. As Sprinti serves the demands of different user groups, the on-demand service is integrated in the existing tariff system and can be used without additional fares.
In the coming years Region Hannover plans to expand Sprinti throughout the whole Hannover region and build “the biggest on-demand network in Germany”. As one of 12 German public transport model regions, Hannover will be funded to implement an extensive on-demand service in all eleven municipalities of the wider region to connect peripheral areas with a flexible service to the existing bus and train lines. As there is currently still a lack of knowledge and practical experiences regarding the adaptation of on-demand services to public transport systems, Rupprecht Consult supports the Region Hannover in this implementation process and systematically collects lessons learnt in order to expand the service in the coming years.
To evaluate the current Sprinti service Rupprecht Consult develops a set of indicators to assess its effectiveness, attractiveness and sustainability. The goal is to identify success factors and barriers in the operation to prepare Hannover region for a region-wide implementation of an on-demand service. Rupprecht Consult will develop a transfer strategy so to ensure the sustainability of the service.
Rupprecht Consult ensures the information flow and exchange between the project management and the project team. We coordinate the monthly review meetings between the various stakeholders that are involved in the process such as Region Hannover, Üstra, Regiobus, GVH and Via as the current service provider. We also coordinate the monitoring of Sprinti, ensuring that important targets that were defined regarding quality & quantity of the service are being achieved.
As the goal is for Sprinti to be implemented in the entire region, Rupprecht Consult supports the Region Hannover in the process evaluation and upcoming tendering processes. Finally, Rupprecht Consult will develop a transfer strategy assessing lessons learnt and identifying barriers and success factors from the three pilots.