Combining forces to move forward: the new multimodal society

The smart and sustainable urban transport of tomorrow

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In May, during Movin’On, the World Summit on Sustainable Mobility,  we will bring global, smart, sustainable and multimodal mobility to life. Following a memorable 2017 edition, leaders from academia, politics, business, cities, and start-ups will meet again and collaborate to attain this ambitious goal.

Through six subject areas, we will find concrete and actionable solutions to fulfill our mission : to move from ambition to action.

Here are a few ideas to get the conversation started about our second subject of interest : Combining forces to move forward : the new multimodal society

What if the same old transit routine was a thing of the past?

At present, we are trying hard to discourage commuters from traveling solo in order to limit traffic, congestion and, of course, global warming. But the lack of door-to-door mobility solutions dissuades motorists to ditch their car in favor of public transport. But while the first and last miles discourage many, promising solutions are slowly emerging.

Visionary cities like Portland and Helsinki have already set foot in the era of tomorrow’s urban mobility. In their new multimodal society, users pay for and select a «transport mish-mash»  adapted to their specific needs, using a single online platform. Safer option, healthier option, quickest option or greener option, by metro, trains, buses, taxis, on-demand taxi, collective taxi, car-sharing, bikes, self-service bicycles or by foot: countless journeys and routes to get you from point A to point B in a fully-optimized and multimodal manner.

Moreover, the transport industry is amongst the few in which greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Freight transporters, goods carriers and other road users need to rethink their methods of transportation in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

At Movin’On 2018, we will begin our journey towards smart, sustainable and multimodal urbain transport.

Are you the public transit type, a four-season cyclist or a car-sharer? Let’s pursue this conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

Multimodality: an introduction

In the Movin’On 2017 Minutes, you’ll find a plethora of interesting articles to get you started on the subject:

To dig deeper

Discover some of the initiatives that are currently underway:

  • The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will deploy Ubiquitous Mobility for Portland, a technology and outreach initiative designed to serve the needs of all Portlanders.
  • Helsinki, Finland’s capital city, became the first European city to adopt in 2016 a multimodal mobility app (MAAS), called Whim.

Discover our five other subject areas: