03.10.2019Enabling shared mobility
While the emergence of shared mobility services and the technological platforms underpinning them signify a new era in transportation, the jury is out as to whether Melbourne will successfully accommodate the changes underway.
This was a key talking point at a recent Committee for Melbourne event, which was kindly hosted by Foundation Member, Jacobs.
Sue Wiblin of Keolis Downer opened proceedings by providing an insightful presentation about their on-demand pilot project in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
The first of its kind in Australia, passengers can book public transport, including buses or smaller vehicles, which take them from their home to a local transport hub or landmark, via flexible non-regular routes.
Following Sue’s presentation, a panel discussion involving City of Port Phillip’s Suzane Becker, Uber’s Matthew Horn, The University of Melbourne’s Dr Crystal Legacy, Transurban’s Daniel Sheridan, and Sue, who discussed all facets of shared mobility.
While there was much debate on priorities, all agreed that to navigate this new era in transportation, Melbourne must have an integrated transport plan which accommodates all modes of transport and requires cooperation between the public and private sector. Furthermore, our regulatory and procurement landscape must be flexible and responsive to embrace the opportunities presented by such disruption.