With the OP Transit application, employees can manage virtually all aspects of work-related travel, from choosing a suitable mode of transportation to checking travel times, paying travel expenses and tracking past business travels. OP Transit charges travels directly from the employer, removing the need for separate travel expense reports. In the initial phase of the pilot, the OP Transit application allows participating employees to select transportation by either HSL public transportation, Taksi Helsinki taxis, or the DriveNow car sharing service.
The OP Transit application pilot study includes 20 small and medium-sized businesses in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area whose employees travel extensively during work days.
“The OP Transit application makes it easy for employees to compare options and purchase transportation and provides a single solution for the fully digital management of travel expenses. OP Transit enables smart decision-making in mobility”, explains Sonja Heikkilä, Program Director at OP Mobility Services.
OP Transit provides companies with real-time information on travels made at the employers’ expense and saves time and effort for both employees and financial administration as travel expense reports no longer need to be submitted and processed. Ideally, OP Transit can reduce the expenses of work-related travel as different transportation options are made easily available for employees. Furthermore, employees no longer necessarily need a to use company credit card or pay the travel expenses themselves as payments are handled through the application.
“OP Transit combines a diverse range of mobility services with a single application that connects the complementary mobility services in daily use within the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. In addition to this, it can significantly reduce workload related to the management of travel expenses in companies”, Heikkilä describes the benefits of OP Transit.
The technical solution of OP Transit is provided by the Italian partner Urbi, discovered through the OP Smart Mobility Startup Partnership Program. Urbi was selected as the partner due to its previous experience in constructing equivalent services in several cities. Urbi and OP also share a common view on the future of mobility.
The OP Transit application is implemented in cooperation with the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority HSL and Taksi Helsinki.
“HSL wants to take active part in various mobility experiments that encourage people to make the switch from personal cars to alternative mobility services. OP Transit is an exciting pilot study as it provides incentive for companies to test such mobility services. The everyday mobility of employees is influenced significantly by their employers’ policies on mobility”, says Mari Flink, Director, Customer Experience and Sales at HSL.
“Taksi Helsinki is pleased to provide 1,300 high-quality taxis for the use of the OP Transit pilot’s customers. New, digital ordering channels and MaaS solutions play a crucial role in our company strategy. The Taksi Helsinki open Partner API enabled fast and efficient integration with the OP Transit application”, describes Lauri Suokangas, Head of Business Development at Taksi Helsinki.
The OP Transit application is on display at the OP stand at Slush. The pilot study will be launched in the participating companies at the turn of November and December. During the pilot, feedback will be collected from the companies’ employees and personnel in charge of travel expense management. The OP Transit application will be developed based on feedback received in the pilot study.