Adapting Traffic Demand with Valencia City Council

In the weekends, the natural park of Albufera in the South of Valencia gets busy and congested. The natural environment, the beautiful beaches, and the extensive offer of bars and restaurants makes the place attractive to locals and tourists. Through RAPTOR, the challenge will be address by enhancing the mobility solutions with innovative solutions. By boosting and promoting the use of mass transit, there will be a modal shift from cars and reduction of noise and air pollution. 

Objectives and solution outcomes 

The solution should meet at least one of the following objectives: 

  • Reduce the use of private vehicles and traffic jams 
  • Reduce pollution in a protected area 
  • Make existing public transport more attractive to new and existing users 
  • Create models that can be used by families and vulnerable people 

The solution provided should be any of the following: 

  • Citizen and user-oriented software or digital tool (eg mobile app) 
  • Demand responsive shuttle services to different points of the city
  • Fees that penalize CO2, tolls, access controls
  • Software for the city administration
  • Software for the public transport operator
  • Information displays / wayfinding /marketing
  • Urban design / signposting
  • Other  

Detailed Challenge Description

The Albufera Natural Park is a landscape environment located south of the city of Valencia, Spain. The environment is highly attractive thanks to the natural richness, tranquility of the surroundings, and the quantity of restaurants and accommodation facilities, which generates a very high demand for travel. 

Due to the protection of the environment, the only access from Valencia to El Palmar and El Perellonet is a conventional one lane-by-direction road code CV-500. High weekend demand causes substantial capacity problems for the existing infrastructure, which means bottlenecks at times of high demand: holiday mornings outbound, and evenings inbound.

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
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