Transport for Wales (TfW) announced a tender for the development of a national Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) mobile application.
According to the company’s plan, the new application should allow consumers to plan trips on a door-to-door principle. With its help, customers will pay for travel on city buses, railways, intercity buses, and taxis. Bike rental and e-scooters, and car sharing can also be paid for through the app.
TfW has announced a tender as part of the implementation of the concept for the transition from existing mobile applications and websites to a holistic multimodal service, which will be positioned as a reliable digital satellite in every journey across Wales. The tender document states that this service will be available in both Welsh and English.
In addition to planning multimodal trips and payments, the mobile application will provide comprehensive information in real-time and promote trips using contactless EMV in metro networks.
The company also sets itself a more complex goal aimed at changing consumer behavior. The firm, through the use of gamification elements in a mobile application, intends to facilitate the change of the mode of transport from personal to public. The company plans to generate useful information about the demand for trips.
A potential technical partner of MaaS will work with the company for five years with the possibility of extending the cooperation for two years. The firm intends to sign a contract with the developer of the mobile application by March 10.
TfW, at the current stage of its existence, prioritizes the promotion of the Welsh Government’s vision of a high-quality, safe, integrated, affordable transport network. The company adheres to the belief that digital multimodal solutions should be easily integrated with railway information systems and ticket sales systems.
As we have reported earlier, the first drive-thru bank launched in Wales.