The GOTRIS demonstration project is now concluded. The project started In August 2012 and was finalized at the year-end 2014. During the eight months long demonstratioon phase, 499 voyages were conducted with GOTRIS “at the helm”, supporting pilots and traffic control centers along the river Göta Älv.
The vision of GOTRIS (Göta älv River Information Services) was to develop a platform to solve various actors’ needs and to demonstrate traffic management between different modes of transport. By bringing together all actors and letting the Railroad, the Shipping and the Road traffic share information and services in a RIS (River Information Services) for the river Göta älv we want to:
Provide opportunities for increased freight train traffic across the river.
Create social benefit by reducing interference in the conflict between opposing national interests.
Coordinate freight traffic over the river to and from the Port of Gothenburg with the traffic on the river, requiring bridge opening.
Coordinate information about bridge openings with road and tram traffic in Gothenburg.
Provide for a developed inland and regional growth in Värmland and Västra Götaland.
Provide opportunities for green growth – transfer of freight volumes from road to sea.
A fully developed GOTRIS platform was designed to create well-functioning freight traffic over the river that facilitates expansion of the Port of Gothenburg, while the traffic on the river Göta älv is optimized and have the possibility to expand. From a societal perspective, efficient environmentally friendly transport can be achieved (rail and shipping rewarded) by minimizing waiting time and ship bunker use. From the perspective of the city, a well functioning and attractive city with minimal interference from bridge openings could be achieved.
See our short film illustrating the idea of GOTRIS:
During a pilot study, which was conducted between the autumn 2010 and spring 2011, a number or key areas where ITS solutions can eliminate or reduce barrier for a shuttle service on the river was identified. It can also provide improved opportunities for shuttle service on the river and to constitute legal or operational conditions for a shuttle service on the river. In the autumn of 2011 and spring of 2012 a project was conducted within the Vinnova program “Challenge Driven Innovation” which formed the basis for this project.