Scotland’s First MaaS Trial Grows
Dundee’s pioneering Mobility-as-a-Service trial is growing, with more users and the introduction of bike-sharing.
NaviGoGo, Scotland’s first Mobility-as-a-Service pilot programme launched in Dundee and North Fife in October 2017, offering young people a revolutionary new way to travel.
Users can plan, pay for and travel on trains, taxis and buses, all from a single web app, rather than from a variety of different providers, each of which have separate timetables, booking systems and payment methods. In addition the NaviGoGo app offers services such as destination information, transport reviews, a taxi-fare splitter calculator and a deal matching service.
The pilot is now growing from the initial 13 testers up to a total of 100. In addition a new bike-sharing service will be introduced at three points around the city, allowing users to choose a healthier and more environmentally friendly ways to travel. The greener travel options are also linked to the user’s Young Scot card rewards system to help incentivise young people to choose more sustainable modes of transport.
The 10 NaviGoGo branded bikes in the Dundee pilot have been provided by NextBike and will be exclusively available to NaviGoGo trial participants from 4th December 2017 until 31st March 2018 when the bikes will be removed at the end of the pilot. The bikes will be available at:
- Panmure Street, Wellgate Shopping Centre
- Dock Street, opposite Malmaison Dundee
- Perth Road, DJCAS building, University of Dundee
The NaviGoGo programme received funding from Innovate UK and is being delivered by a consortium led by ESP Group and includes Mudlark, National Entitlement Card (NEC), Route Monkey, SYSTRA and Young Scot. The programme was co-designed by young people to ensure it was relevant and appealing to the end user.
Dr Steve Cassidy, Director of ESP Group, said: “Since the trial started in October it has been a great success and has seen our first group of young people benefit from its services. The trial marks a turning point for the transport industry: placing the young person at the heart of the project which was co-designed with 16-25 year olds. It is a revolutionary one stop shop for a young person’s travel needs.”
Logan, one of the project’s beta testers, said: “It’s been really exciting to be one of the first people in Scotland to try NaviGoGo out and I’m really looking forward to seeing and using the NaviGoGo bikes in Dundee”