As cities work to reduce congestion and improve safety, can a multimodal transportation ecosystem in which users buy shared, mass, on-demand, and/or first-and last-mile transportation services, serve as an effective solution? And if it can –how can Texas achieve it?
Mobility as a Service (MaaS) offers Texas the opportunity to be a leader in 21st century transportation, giving its residents the flexibility to choose transport options that best suit their needs. It also has the potential to reduce personal vehicle use, which would lower congestion, death and injury, and ease financial burdens on Texas families. Despite the promulgation of public-private partnerships in the transport sphere, many endemic conditions to Texas cities make MaaS difficult to realize, including urban sprawl, unsafe pedestrian conditions, and disinvested public transit. Texas has the potential to increase wellbeing for its residents/economic investment through targeted infrastructure investments and deregulation in the housing sector.