ProjectStimulating a Transition to Sustainable Urban Mobility: JPI Urban Europe programming in the field of Mobility as a Service

Stimulating a Transition to Sustainable Urban Mobility: JPI Urban Europe programming in the field of Mobility as a Service

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) comprises a potential pathway towards sustainable cities that can act as a complement or an alternative to traditional remedial actions based on technological substitution. Although a common definition is lacking, MaaS refers to the combination of different transport services in a single, seamless offering that can compete with private car ownership and deliver sustainability gains. At present, MaaS is a popular concept, and diverse actors from the private and public sectors are increasingly involved in different types of R&I activities, both in Europe and beyond. Yet MaaS is relatively new and poorly understood, and sustainable MaaS developments rely upon new forms of cross-sector collaboration, public innovation governance and transdisciplinary R&I efforts. The present lack of coordination between actors is problematic, especially given the need to share knowledge and experiences, and the need to align R&I activities in a coherent and effective manner. Urban development can (and perhaps must) play a key role in coordinating actions and in guiding the development and deployment of sustainable MaaS services. This project explores this potential by developing a white paper that focuses on the role of urban development in MaaS R&I activities. The project engages JPI Urban Europe and its members as a means to outline a set of prioritised themes and actions that can influence future R&I activities alongside the creation of collaborative networks that serve to align R&I efforts and boost European MaaS activities in a global context.