A report released by the Urban Transport Group (UTG) – MaaS movement? Issues and options on Mobility as a Service for city region transport authorities – has revealed the future of the concept is still yet to be decided.
The whole concept of Mobility as a Service and its schemes are explored in the report, with a focus on those schemes that provide access to information on, and payment for, transport options via a single digital platform.
There are three factors highlighted to ultimately determine the future of Mobility as a Service:
- The economic models that underpin MaaS schemes will determine how stable, extensive and popular the schemes are
- The extent to which issues around ownership, resourcing of data are resolved will determine just how comprehensive schemes are
- How wider environmental, social and public health goals are built into MaaS schemes will determine whether or not they can help to make cities less congested, more inclusive and greener places.
Elsewhere in the report, the UTG sets out the options for city regions regarding the role they could play in shaping MaaS in their areas.
Three choices were outlined in the report – where the public sector is either the MaaS operator or a pro-active participant in MaaS; where the public sector takes a stepped approach to MaaS; and where the public sector takes no involvement whatsoever.
The report also found that a factor regarding whether or not transport authorities take a “decisive role” on MaaS is influenced by wider regulatory and legislative framework in which each authority is working.
There are five tests for good MaaS put forward in the report so that transport authorities can ensure that any involvement delivers on the policy goals put forward. This includes asking whether any scheme provides incentives public transport use; whether congestion and pollution are reduced – hugely important issues in the current climate.