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A pilot project utilising a microbus will start operating on the outskirts of the city that seeks to increase accessibility to transport in remote residential areas.
Moscow has announced the launch of a transport-on-demand pilot project with a view to improving transport accessibility in the more remote residential areas of the city.
Riders wishing to use the pilot on-demand microbus service in the outskirts of Moscow can use the Moscow Transport app to select the nearest bus stop, enter a destination, order the transport, pay the fare and within 30 minutes the bus will arrive. During the first year, experts will observe its effects and results, and aim to upgrade the service, based on passenger feedback.
According to municipal authorities, it is difficult to create a full surface transportation network in remote areas because of the often long distances between points of destination. But the microbus service is more adaptable to these type of local journeys. If the system is successful during the pilot, city leaders plan to introduce it in other residential areas.
The Moscow Transport app forms the basis of the city’s mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) system. It is possible to build personalised routes in and around Moscow in the app, choosing either a single method of public transit or combining several.
Passengers will be able to order the ride on a low-capacity bus to the Kommunarka metro station and pay for it through the mobile app, then using the app they can build a route by metro, surface transport, car-sharing, scooter-sharing or intercity buses
For example, when the transport-on-demand service will be launched residents of a remote area, where the service is operating, will be able to order the ride on a low-capacity bus to the Kommunarka metro station and pay for it through the mobile app, then using the app they can build a route by metro, surface transport, car-sharing, scooter-sharing or intercity buses.
When the transport-on-demand services are in full operational mode, Moscow reports they will seamlessly blend in with the city environment as well as provide residents from remote areas with scheduled transportation to other parts of the city.
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