The Benefits and Challenges of Public Transport
Public transport has various benefits besides providing a mass solution to transportation. It also helps fight against pollution, encourages an active lifestyle, is more cost-effective, and reduces car accidents on the roads. However, public transport doesn't cover relatively remote areas, and that's where modern mobility can offer various solutions and create a positive difference for the inhabitants.
Currently, public transport is not accessible to everyone because, besides remote locations, it also lacks accessibility, and some people show no interest or need in using public vehicles. Part of the challenges is introducing enough stops on the various public routes, reducing the walking distance to the final destination, making the whole journey widely accessible to people with different needs.
Creating a delicate balance between travelers' requirements and a cost-effective, efficient network is key to operating a successful transportation network. With modern mobility and the introduction of e-bikes, e-scooters, ride-sharing, and ride-hailing, cities can offer a localized solution.
Transportation services that run on high-capacity and high-demand routes are expensive and not suitable for everyone. Concepts such as Shared Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, and Mobility As a Service can disrupt the transportation sector and provide accessible transportation choices to a broader audience of travelers.
Mobility as a Service: offers integrated services from various mobility providers on one combined platform. This solution enables users to book their trips via an app and gets delivered to their final destination.
Autonomous Vehicles: many car and technology brands are investing in the innovation of driverless cars. These can provide equally fast, efficient, reliable, 24/7, and safe transportation solutions for goods and humans.
Shared Mobility: when coordinated well, people can share the cost, reduce pollution, and travel time while also having access to a community of like-minded people while on the road.
Well-coordinated mobility services can offer unparalleled flexibility and cater to an individual as well as public solutions.
How to make modern mobility work in the future:
Understanding the barriers to the development of modern mobility is critical to be able to offer solutions. Getting local and national governing bodies involved and let them create the infrastructure and policies to support the coordination is key to success. The introduction of modern mobility to areas that are not readily accessible by public transport may be a smart first step. Simultaneously, large-scale implementation of modern mobility systems can enable cost-effective and efficient operation through the whole fleet.