The Parkshuttle connects the subway station Kralingse Zoom and Rivium business park in the city of Capelle aan den IJssel. A pilot operated between February 1999 to November 2001, with the system being extended and replaced with six 2nd generation vehicles in 2006. The application now features 5 stations, serving two business parks and a residential area, over a length of 1.8 kilometers. In the summer of 2019 the system will be replaced, with an extension over public roads (without steward on-board) coming on-line in 2020.
The system carries up to 500 passengers per hour per direction and approximately 2,500 per day. With the extension and the connection to the Waterbus stop, the passenger number is expected to increase by 20%. Where the vehicles will operate at approximately a 4 minute interval in the rush hours (to optimize capacity), the operator can select whether the system should operate on-demand in other hours of operation. The new vehicle will feature rapid recharging capbilities at stations, ensuring the fleet is nearly continously available.
The ParkShuttle system is unique in the world in that it is the only automated system operating at grade, featuring (5) at grade intersections with other traffic, and is truly automated (no safety driver or steward). With the introduction of the new system for Rivium 3.0, the vehicles will also run on the public roads. The extension connects towards the Zalmhuis and loops back over the Rivium Boulevard, increasing the catchment area of the system in the process. The operations are monitored by a single operator (per shift), who is also responsible for cleaning and sales of individual tickets.