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Edinburgh plans to zero its public transport system by 2030 – here is how

This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities today, the leading news platform for urban mobility and innovation reaching an international audience of city guides. For the latest updates, see Cities Today Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Youtubeor sign up for Cities Today News.

Edinburgh City Council has published a ten-year plan that aims to provide a more integrated and sustainable net-zero transport system.

The City mobility plan – which must be approved by the Transport and Environment Committee on February 19 – will be replaced Edinburgh’s local transport strategy. It contains a strategic approach for the sustainable movement of people and goods in the city over the next decade.

Measures include a commitment to promote a change in public behavior in relation to the use of sustainable transport, the expansion of the tram and local transport network, the improvement of bus routes, the creation of “mobility centers” in existing communities and new developments as well as the Introduction of a municipal operations center to monitor traffic.

Future development

The plan is focused on what is ahead City Plan 2030, the City Council’s second local development plan that aims to transform the overall development of the city and guide the growth of Edinburgh.

The city ran a public engagement campaign in 2018 to gather ideas on new policy measures, and has taken this feedback on improving public transport, cycling, hiking and electric vehicle infrastructure, and reducing traffic in the city.

Edinburgh Council Chairman Adam McVey said: “We are already making great strides in reducing carbon emissions in Edinburgh, but if we are to meet our 2030 target, now is the time to be even braver and more ambitious . The Urban Mobility Plan offers a radical 10-year plan to transform traffic in the capital to achieve the kind of change we need by expanding the use of buses, trams, rail, walking and cycling for the best quality of life to ensure for everyone.

“However, the decisive factor for any strategy is the buy-in of our residents and those who travel to the capital to work and visit there. Everyone has to do their part and I look forward to engaging with the public as we move forward with a definitive urban mobility plan alongside the development of the City Map 2030. “

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MaaS

Last month in Scotland national transport authority announced it will provide £ 1 million ($ 1.38 million) to companies looking to expand their Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions across the country.

The program was created to support the Scottish Government’s green goals by luring people out of private car ownership to reduce carbon emissions.

A key concept of MaaS is to give people accessible, digital access to travel information so that they can be better informed about the different types of their travel.

This includes solutions for collecting personalized travel requirements in a single travel app or service that enables unrestricted access to multiple transport providers via a monthly user fee.

Finnish company Maas Global launched a MaaS service in the West Midlands in 2018 via its Whim app, which offers integrated access to train, tram, bus, taxi, bicycle, rental car and parking services throughout the city.

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Published on February 25, 2021 – 11:00 UTC

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