Increased efficiency and reduced congestion
MaaS can help transport agencies to optimize the use of existing transport infrastructure, reduce congestion, and improve overall transport efficiency. According to a study by the European Parliament, MaaS can reduce the number of cars on the road by up to 15%, leading to a reduction in traffic congestion and air pollution. A study conducted by the University of California found that MaaS could reduce car trips by up to 28%. The European Environment Agency found that MaaS could help reduce emissions from the transportation sector by up to 30%.
Proximity-based decentralised cities, so-called 15-minute cities, allow people to access their home, workplace, essential services and amenities within a 15-minute walk or bike ride. They’re hyper-local models based around people (not vehicles), with buildings and public spaces made available for multi-purpose use. This new urban planning model aims to offer a higher quality of life – regardless of socioeconomic status or age – fulfilling six essential needs: living, work, commerce, healthcare, education and entertainment.
MaaS can provide a complete ecosystem in which to optimise the 15-minute city. MaaS apps can for example help people with limited mobility to access wheelchair-friendly scooters, provide information on footpath accessibility or even alert nearby shops when someone is arriving who needs their support. Therefore, MaaS will improve access and contribute to inclusivity and equity in the 15-minute community.