As cities work to reduce congestion and improve safety, can a multimodal transportation ecosystem in which users buy shared, on-demand, and 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. MaaS also has the potential to reduce personal vehicle use, which would decrease congestion, ease financial burdens on Texas families, and reduce and collision related deaths and injuries. Despite the promulgation of public-private partnerships in the transport sphere, many conditions endemic toTexas cities make MaaS difficult to realize, including urban sprawl, unsafe pedestrian conditions, and disinvested public transit. Texas has the potential to increase wellbeing for both its residents and its investors through targeted infrastructure investments and deregulation in the housing sector.