mobility ecosystem

Smart and Easy Access

Unlike vehicle usage patterns, effective use of sustainable and shared/on-demand modes depend on multiple layers of accessibility features. First, pedestrian movement and social activities dictated by a ‘400 meter rule’ of pedestrian shed and optimal street patterns with ideal connectivity influences access time and shortens the distance to mobility service locations. Secondly, easy access from neighbourhoods through street networks to transit stops/station and other service locations optimize social benefits of mobility schemes. Finally, digital technologies with real-time information on trains, buses and on-demand/shared service availability can shrink the “reliability buffer”, the extra time a traveler builds into a trip to account for possible delays, and significantly reduce the “time window”, improving quality of service. Research indicates providing people with access to real-time transit information results in 15 percent less time spent waiting at bus stops, increase in average daily ridership by 2 percent, results in $5 million per year in additional fare revenue and total potential savings upto $60B. If transit wait time was eliminated using technologies, the urban mobility score would be doubled. The proposed model applies acceptable physical access distance, connectivity and access measures, as well as quality of service standards, to redesign street network, minimize distances and optimize connections to sustainable and shared mobility service locations.