That good old new transportation paradigm is getting an elevation in profile.
TransLink, Modo, Evo and Mobi have formed a partnership around providing easier management of a multi-modal life.
It remains to be seen exactly how transit and mobility sharing services by various operators can be bundled, but Desmond told Daily Hive in a recent interview he envisions the launch of a new app that enables customers to plan, pay, and get information about a trip in a coherent, single platform. This could potentially be as extensive as transit, bike share, car share, and even taxi and rideshare services under the umbrella of one app.
With thanks to Kenneth Chan at the Daily Hive.
Price Tags has written extensively about this type of business model, calling it “Mobility as a Service“.
I’ve been predicting the arrival of the TSP – a single provider of transportation services, rather like a Shaw or Telus offering a suite of communications options, from cellphone to cable TV. In the case of a Transportation Service Provider, a single monthly bill will give you information and access to all forms of transit, train, car- and bikeshare, rentals, pre-paid tolls, road pricing charges, parking and maybe even maintenance for your increasingly less-needed private car and bike.
A few entrepreneurs have already made forays into this space in Vancouver. The big difference to these is that the TransLink partnership will incorporate payment for services.