New Mobility Services Combined with Transit Show Potential to Further Accessibility, Efficiency, Equity, Safety, and Sustainability

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has undeniably changed our normal routines and established practices. These changes, along with ongoing advancements in technology, may present opportunities to offer better mobility options to a wider segment of the American population than ever before.

If carefully combined with public transit and substantially scaled up, the concept of offering consumers access to a combination of modes through a smartphone app to plan, reserve, and pay for transportation known as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) shows potential to further mobility, equity, and sustainability.

The background of this new mobility is laid out and steps are offered for making local, state, and regional transportation systems more cohesive in a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Role of Transit, Shared Modes, and Public Policy in the New Mobility Landscape.