CHUMS gets companies to carpool

CHUMS gets companies to carpool

Several companies in Leuven are taking up this European carpool project. By the end of September Taxistop made the first pit stop at the Research center Imec. This resulted in 2 crazy carpool days, including interactive carpool-booths, fun gadgets and informative chats.

Want to be my carpool buddy?

All employees dropping by the information booth were invited to locate their hometown on a map, creating a nice visual of the imec-carpool potential. This way employees could check if other colleagues were on the same route to work.

Al who wished to register as carpooler did not only receive a capool brochure, but also a “Carpool buddy-invitation-card”, a piece of candy for themselves and a piece of candy to lure another imec-employee in the carpool car. By using the matching system of employees also actually get offered a practical way in finding an ideal carpool partner.







Rewarding carpoolers

2 winners were drawn from the database of all active imec-carpoolers for the jackpot lottery. First prices to hand out: the gift baskets with regional products from the province Flemish-Brabant. By the end of October Taxistop draws the main price: a VAB-road assistance package. This way, everyone working at imec got another month to find a good carpool match.

UCLL carpools along

IMG_1299In October, the college UC Leuven vzw (UCLL) started their search for the carpool hero of the ECHO-department. Here Taxistop also organized some eye-catching information booths with sweet gadgets. (The peppermint pots to share in the car were warmly welcomed by the students.)

VIP-parking and carwash

In the second week of roll out the UCLL-management opened a VIP-carpool parking. All carpooling students received a “carpoolers-on-board”-sticker, allowing them to park at this designated parking spot.

This sticker also served as ticket for the carwash for carpool cars. Too bad this literally got washed down the drain. Yet, our carpoolers can look forward to a good replacement action.

The promotional weeks at UCLL reached a climax with the lottery draw of a main price. However, for students and lectors, this was not the end: this merely launched the monthly draws of nice carpool prices until March 2016.

To be continued

Until the end of November Taxistop still offers personalised travel advice and there are still some more carpool actions to roll out. So follow this webpage for updates on further progress at the Leuven site.

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First results from the end-user questionnaire in Perugia

In February 2015 a first end-user questionnaire is carried out for the employees of the University and the Municipality in Perugia in order to describe the baseline situation which will be used as reference for the evaluation of the impact of the CHUMS measures. A total of 826 responses were received representing a response rate of 38%.

The results of the questionnaire present an insight in some interesting figures about the mobility behavior of the employees and their current attitude towards carpooling:

  • At the moment only 6% of the employees for both Municipality and University have already made use of a carpool system for different trip purposes. They mostly are very positive about their experience and would consider carpooling in the future.
  • Only 40% of the employees of the Municipality and 41% of the employees of the University are aware of available carpooling websites or schemes.
  • However, 62% of the employees of the Municipality and 53% of the employees of the University of Perugia consider carpooling in the future.

The younger the employee, the higher the chance that he/she considers carpooling, which is demonstrated in the figure below.

news5aIf employees from both University and Municipality compare the possibility of carpooling with their current transport mode

  • 72% of them think carpooling will be reducing costs.
  • 71% of the employees think that carpooling does not provide more privacy issues and
  • 80% find carpooling not socially inconvenient.

news5dAt the other hand, in comparison with their current mode:

  • 75% of the employees think that carpooling would cause a loss of flexibility and
  • 41% of them think carpooling will cause some time loss, while only 17% thinks that there will be a time gain.
  • 69% of the employees think that a carpooling system will be more difficult to use than their current transport mode.

news5dThese observations vary slightly depending on the current transport mode the employees are using. Current car passengers for instance have fewer issues with privacy or social inconvenience. Public transport users think more positively about the loss of flexibility than the other transport users. And above all, the car drivers think that they can reduce costs by joining a carpooling system.

Will CHUMS work at your site?

The CHUMS project has developed a tool which establishes, for any candidate site, the current carpooling status, estimates the potential impact of introducing CHUMS and identifies the supporting measures which are most likely to maximise the impact of CHUMS.

The success of a carpooling scheme at a particular location, and the subsequent effectiveness of introducing the CHUMS measures to a carpooling scheme, depends on many factors. While a number of these cannot be influenced by those responsible for setting up or managing a carpool scheme, there are others which carpool/mobility managers can exert influence over and which can have a significant effect on the success or otherwise of the schemes/measures introduced.

To aid sites which are considering introducing a carpool scheme or would like to implement the CHUMS measures to an existing carpool scheme, the CHUMS project have developed a simple and easy to use tool which enables candidate sites to quickly assess their suitability for carpooling and to indicate (in a very general manner) the likely impacts of introducing the CHUMS measures. It also identifies supporting measures which the carpool/mobility managers should consider to maximise the impact of implementing CHUMS.

Following extensive review of literature supported by surveys with CHUMS partner sites and carpool service providers, eight factors were identified as having the greatest bearing on the suitability of a particular location for carpooling. These are shown below.


The answers to a number of questions related to each factor give a measure of the current status for that factor at the site in question (the questions are weighted according to their relative importance).

An example of the questions for one of these factors is provided below for the ‘Carpool status in your city/region’. The full set of questions for all factors can be viewed by downloading the tool at the bottom of this page.

news4bOnce the user has answered the simple checkbox questions for all 8 factors (37 questions in total), which takes no more than 5 to 10 minutes to complete, the tool produces a number of useful outputs informed by the site specific information provided by the user:

  1. A spider chart illustrating, at a glance, the contextual situation in their country/region and at their candidate site. The eight spokes of the web represent the factors which have the greatest bearing on the suitability of a particular location for carpooling. This allows the user to quickly identify the factors which are currently limiting successful carpooling initiatives; i.e. those which are closest to the centre of the web.
  2. An impact chart which indicates the potential impact that introducing the CHUMS measures is likely to have at their site based on the contextual information provided. The position of the 5 CHUMS demonstration sites (prior to introducing CHUMS) has been mapped onto this, allowing users of the tool to gauge how their site compares.
  3. A text summary of the general standing and support for carpooling, current status of carpooling and suitability of the candidate site for increasing carpooling. A basic assessment of the potential impact from introducing CHUMS measures is provided along with a list of supporting measures which should be considered to improve the likely impact of introducing CHUMS measures.

The benefit of this tool is that follower sites or future candidate CHUMS sites can use the tool to quickly establish the suitability of introducing CHUMS at a particular site, and receive suggestions on supporting measures which would maximise the impacts of CHUMS.

The tool is available for download from the link below. Feel free to try it out for your own candidate site.


First results of the CHUMS measures in Toulouse

Since 2008, Tisséo-SMTC, the Public Transport Authority, is managing a local carpooling service covering the Toulouse urban area level and beyond. Even if the number of car-poolers is constantly increasing since then, Toulouse sees the CHUMS project has a great opportunity to attract new users to the Tisséo service, put them in contact and keep them using it.

The CHUMS project has developed and is delivering a unique methodology (‘the CHUMS approach’) to unlock maximum carpooling demand and establish critical mass of users. It does so in workplaces by delivering three sequential activities, each one reinforcing staff awareness, participation and modal shift to carpooling:

  • Step 1: Deliver a carpooling week to increase awareness and eagerness of staff to try out carpooling;
  • Step 2: Provide Personalised Travel Planning services to employees;
  • Step 3: Set up a “mobility Jackpot” competition.

news2The CHUMS demonstration sites in Toulouse are the “TOP” Business Park in South West Toulouse comprising of 17 companies with around 12 000 employees (5 500 public and 6 500 private) and the “Heliopole” Business Park in North Eastern Toulouse with 10 organizations that have about 2.100 employees (300 public and 1 800 private).

In March 2015, before the CHUMS actions were implemented, Heliopole had 61 registered car-poolers and Top had 504 (total: 565). In the framework of the CHUMS project, Tisséo wishes to go further by implementing carpool weeks, mobility jackpots lotteries and personalized travel plans in order to increase the number of car-poolers registered. Early June the number of registered carpoolers grew from 61 to 75 for Heliopole (+18.6%) and from 504 to 562 (+10.3%) for Top.

For find out more about how these results were achieved download the Showcase of the CHUMS actions in Toulouse – here.

The CHUMS project will be presented in the 2015 POLIS Conference

The 2015 Annual Polis Conference on “Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions” will take place on 19 and 20 November 2015 in Brussels. Side events and Polis’ Annual General Assembly (AGA) are scheduled for 18 November.

On Thursday, 19 November, in section 1D. Shared Transport Services of the Parallel Sessions the CHUMS project will be presented by the coordinator. Carpooling as part of an integrated transport system ‐ Toulouse leads the way (CHUMS) is the title of the presentation that will form 3 main components:

  1. Background of the CHUMS project which is funding the innovative carpooling measures in our cities.
  2. Focus on Toulouse’s state of the art case study on integrating carpooling into their modal services.
  3. Snapshot of carpooling success factors from other partner cities.

To find out more about this event, please visit:

Taxistop has secured the participation of the first organizations that will implement the CHUMS measures

Leuven offers a city site with a good mix of smaller and bigger employers located in the city centre of just outside of the city centre. The city centre can be easily reached by public transport and more durable ways of transport (e.g. bicycle), but is quite hard to navigate through by car. The companies just outside the city centre can be easily reached by public transport, but there are some main traffic roads, which makes these companies more accessible by car (in comparison to companies in the centre).

Taxistop is implementing the CHUMS measures in Leuven and has already secured its first organizations that will implement the project measures: imec and UCLL.

imec specializes in nano-electronics and technological solutions in the field of ICT, health care and energy, whicle UCLL – the Catholic University of Leuven-Limburg will join with its Echo department.

Find out more about what is planned for these companies in the frame of CHUMS – here.

The carpool week in Toulouse: “Une semaine pour essayer: on a tous à y gagner”

In the frame of the European project CHUMS, from 30 March to 4 April will be organized in Toulouse the 1st edition of the Carpool Week. More than 30 companies (covering around 14 000 employees in total) will be involved in this event notably to encourage their employees to register and use the Tisséo-SMTC carpooling service to go to work. The aim is to support employees to change their mobility behaviour towards a more sustainable alternative.

As part of this sustainable mobility proposal, during this Carpool week, a Mobility Lottery will be announced and strongly promoted. The 1st draw will be organized on April 7 and the price will be an Ipad®. To participate to this lottery, employees will have to register to the carpooling Tisséo-SMTC website ( Further on, every 1st Tuesday of each month until September, a new draw will be launched and the prices will be a Smartbox®. To be allowed to participate to this part of the lottery, employees will need to be active carpoolers and not only being registered to the service.

Also contributing to this mobility package proposed within the CHUMS European initiative, Personal Travel Plans (PTP) will be delivered to employees from the Carpool week until end June. By personalizing the mobility advice, the idea is to promote sustainable solutions like Public Transport, active modes but also carpooling for their daily work trips and encourage a behavioural change. A follow-up will be organized in October-November to consider the effective evolution of employees’ mobility thanks to this tool.

Tisséo-SMTC coordinates the implementation of those actions on the ground with a tight support towards companies and administrations. Those organizations will play a crucial role in the success of those experimentations. Keeping in mind this key objective, Tisséo-SMTC has developed several communications supports and also a practical guide to help companies and administrations in implementing the Carpool week and promote the Mobility Lottery and PTPs. Several information meeting have also been held. Those meetings were dedicated to mobility managers appointed within companies to explain them the entire approach. Tisséo-SMTC has good hope that this mobility package will produce real mobility effects in a perennial way.