International consulting engineering firm Arup has collaborated with Toronto-based not-for-profit research hub, MaRS, to develop a white paper exploring the evolution of mobility-as-a-service (MaaS).
The report, Mobility-as-a-Service: The value proposition for the public and our urban systems, defines the value proposition associated with MaaS from the perspectives of service vendors, consumers, transit agencies and governments – with a specific focus on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The report includes findings that, to date, the MaaS eco-system has grown through private sector enterprise and technological development while the public sector has tended to react in response to the changes.
A report synopsis explains that MaaS is a manifestation of new thinking around how transportation services are currently provided and used, and how it’s intended to improve the efficacy of and access to urban mobility through new services and online platforms.
In the white paper the researchers set a virtuous target for mobility ecosystems: the preservation and enhancement of public-mobility services, available to meet the needs of all segments of society at modest prices. The private sector can add mobility choices to the market – sometimes in partnership with the public – to help this target be attained; however, a net result that includes increased inequities or deprivation should not be accepted as a product of progress.