HiReach analysed twenty selected innovative transport solutions implemented in different regions and countries. A cross-analysis evaluated the different business models, the original management solutions, the social and technological innovations, and the organizational and operational frameworks. The outcome of this analysis allowed us to emphasize the advantages and limitations associated with each mobility solution and to identify the highest potential initiatives in order to replicate them in other regions/countries.
The main drivers include:
- a strong interinstitutional commitment,
- the presence of well-established and simple organisational schemes,
- the voluntarily commitment of initiators,
- the support (financially or other) from a city, a municipality or even the national government,
- the IT systems, which make the service functioning in a smart and innovative way, and
- a flexible operational model.
On the other hand, the principal barriers are:
- convincing people to use different mobility services than public transport or their own car,
- increasing the usage of the service to make it more profitable,
- the difficulty to get permanent funding from a public authority,
- the difficulty to coordinate all the tasks if many stakeholders are involved, and
- the instalment of technology.
Most of the case studies have the potential to be transferred to another region/country provided that they are adapted to the local conditions, including size of administrative area, resources available, culture, etc. Also, in some cases they can be extended to a wider group of users compared to the ones originally targeted.
Implementing an initiative in sparsely populated regions, where public transport doesn’t exist or is not efficient, can have a big potential since people rely on it and there is no big competition, especially if services are expanded to cover other needs (e.g. school or special needs transport). In addition, permanent funding allows a service to stay competitive and sustainable. Another important factor is the participatory engagement.
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