The switch to a more sustainable transport system is a major challenge. Successively expanding and improving public transport, as well as improving the conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, are the foundations for ensuring socio-economically effective transport provision that is sustainable in the long-term for citizens and business throughout the country.
This is not enough, however. New approaches, like the promotion of shared mobility through Mobility as a Service, will become essential.
MaaS systems offer customers personalised access to multiple transport modes and services, owned and operated by different service providers, through an integrated digital platform for planning, booking and payment.
The development of MaaS in Australia will take another step forward this week in the lead up to the second annual Mobility as a Service conference, MaaS 2019, this Thursday 2 May in Melbourne.
It will be a very busy week, with a full program of events leading up to the conference.
Amongst those events is the first meeting of the newly-formed National Reference Committee for Mobility as a Service. The Committee has been formed following last year’s inaugural Mobility as a Service conference, and the publishing of ITS Australia’s report Mobility as a Service in Australia: Customer insights and opportunities.
The National Reference Committee will serve to continue the collaboration that has been fostered during the development of that report and to strive for the best outcomes for MaaS and on-demand transport for all Australians.