The Smart Public Transport Lab develops new solutions and methods for public transport planning, operations and management. In the Smart PT Lab we are passionate about performing high level scientific research with a practical relevance and impactful outcomes. Welcome on-board!

 

The Smart Public Transport Lab develops new solutions and methods for public transport planning, operations and management. In the Smart PT Lab we are passionate about performing high level scientific research with a practical relevance and impactful outcomes. Welcome on-board!

MaaS@AMS: CriticalMaaS kicked-off!

On Monday October 21st, the CriticalMaaS project was publicly kicked-off with the ‘MaaS@AMS event: Sharing the future of urban mobility’. During the event, experts from planning, industry and academia shared their experiences and visions in relation to MaaS and the consequences for urban mobility and society in general. The event was attended by a diverse audience, including representatives from public authorities, universities, public transit operators and mobility start-ups.

The day was kicked-off by Oded Cats from the Smart Public Transit Lab and PI of the CriticalMaaS project and Marije Wassenaar from AMS. This was followed by four keynote speeches:

  • Luis Willumsen (Visiting Professor at University College London) argued that MaaS will only be able to relieve congestion if it allows for shared rides or when used as a feeder mode for public transit. As MaaS generally comes with relatively high marginal costs, it poses the risk to replace public transit rather than private transportation, resulting in increased traffic volumes. The slides used for his presentation can be found here.
  • Santosh Rao Danda (Research Scientist at Uber) stated that ride-hailing services like Uber compete with public transit when the transit service is poor, and complement it otherwise. He backs this statement with a London Night Tube case, that showed increased Uber ridership from tube stations in the suburbs and reduced ridership in the city center after the introduction of the night service. The slides used for his presentation can be found here.
  • Yariv Hauer (General Manager at ViaVan Amsterdam) claimed that a city-specific approach is needed for MaaS to complement the weak spots of existing public transit. He stated that for MaaS to have added value for a city, it should be shared, flexible, convenient and inclusive. The slides  used for his presentation can be found here.
  • Finn van Leeuwen (Project Manager Urban Development at Gemeente Amsterdam) discussed the role of public authorities in exploiting potential benefits of MaaS. He argued that public authorities should focus on standardizing communication and that regulation should be aimed at individual vehicles rather than the platforms. The slides used for his presentation can be found here.

After a small break, the event was continued with four break-out sessions, organized by members of the Smart Public Transit Lab of the TU Delft. The participants actively engaged in one of the following four sessions:

  • The Market Potential of Pooled On-Demand Services: New insights were discussed into people's willingness to share and the valuation of travel time, along with plans on upcoming research in the field.
  • Dynamics of Mobility-on-Demand Services: An interactive day-to-day mode choice game was played to show the effect of learning in the market adoption of MaaS services.
  • Operating Autonomous Public Transit: The implications of MaaS for public transport operators were discussed, with as starting point the simulation results of self-driving vehicles deployed for public transit
  • Exploring the World of Ride-Sourcing Drivers: Insights were given into how ride-sourcing drivers make decisions and the implications of this on ride-sourcing platforms' system operations

The event came to an end with drinks, in which contacts were exchanged and some of the main insights from the day were discussed.

The CriticalMaaS team looks back at a great day and is excited to continue their research on the impact of mobility-on-demand services. Their findings will be shared on the website as well as in future outreach opportunities.

A video wrap-up of the event can be found here.

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TRB Annual Meeting 2020

Washington DC, United States

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