Public transport has been strongly affected by the pandemic. To better understand how different services are responding, Shotl recently partnered with Mobility Institute Berlin (MIB)—a consulting and research firm supporting the transformation of urban mobility. We analyzed in detail the use of on-demand services in the suburbs of Barcelona during the first weeks of the crisis compared to regular bus lines. The results are published in a research paper available for download here.
The core findings are:
"The significant recovery of on-demand services compared to traditional bus lines may be thanks to the flexibility and speed these new services can provide, especially in low-density areas without sufficient bus or train connections,” explains Adrià Ramirez, Shotl CPO. “Enabling safer levels of vehicle occupancy through applied technology solutions also ensures permanent ridership and a much lower risk of contagion.”
Different mobility offerings should not, however, exist in isolation. "We have to push for the integration of multimodal services. Route planning and booking processes must allow for the combination of different mobility offerings and be designed in a simple, understandable way," says Miguel Álvarez from Mobility Institute Berlin. "In this way, on-demand services and traditional public transport can complement each other optimally and create an attractive offering for the user."
Download and read the full paper here.
Smart mobility trends are pushing towns and cities to explore new mobility options for citizens while still struggling to fund public transport models inherited from the 20th century.