More MaaS

In a previous article I started to write about mobility as a service.  Let’s continue ….

Traditional (public service)

This is what public transit companies do best. The usual suspects include:

  • bus variants (regular, trolley)
  • rail variants (tram, subway, train, light rail)
  • boat variants (ferry, water taxi)
  • airbone vehicles (helicopter)

I avoid here the new and exotic drone taxis that promised much without delivering anything. Sorry e-volo, maybe next time.

Recent (private service)

Most of the time we find here:

  • taxi companies (both 4 and 2 wheel vehicles)
  • shared transportation (driver plus 1 to 4 passengers)
  • bid/offer companies (Uber, Lyft and the likes of them)

Self-propelled vehicles

There are two big categories of vehicles drived by the rider:

  • 4 wheel vehicles (cars)
  • 2 wheel vehicles (bikes, scooters, motorbikes)

It’s complicated

The current trend for the traditional transportation is to unify the ticketing systems. As the network grows larger and more and more local transit agencies merge together, the natural way to keep payment sustainable is to have  zone system. We have seen it in the large cities of Australia.

The 2000s

The merger seen in the early 2000’s is not a problem because most of the time the transit agencies are public companies or at least they function as private partners of the public network.

The newcomers

The paradigm that appeared after 2010 has changed everything. There are many private companies operating in a niche market. Every month a new bike sharing service appears in big cities. Let’s not forget the scooters. These companies  complement the public transit and they add most of the time a single type of vehicle to an  already saturated network. They  seem to be the next candidate for the public-private merger.But, there is a problem.

Will continue in future article  ….


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