Improved Mobility through Blurred Lines


Carol Schweiger

Document Type

Journal Article

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Subject Area

ridership - behaviour, ridership - mode choice, planning - travel demand management, planning - service level, technology - intelligent transport systems


Mobility, Public transportation, Technology, Mobility as a Service (MaaS)


The 2010s have been the decade of innovation in transportation but it remains to be seen how successful several of the most significant innovations will be. One thing is certain: the term public transportation has a different meaning than it used to. We no longer think about traveling on individual modes; we think about the trip as a whole. We are redefining public transportation in terms of mobility rather than modes, and are concerned no longer as to whether they are operated by public or private entities. Recognizing that mobility represents an individual’s travel better than specific modes will allow the transit industry to make a positive impact on travelers making trips in a manner that works best for them. One person’s trip decisions will not be the same as another’s.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by the Journal of Public Transportation, copyright remains with them.