How public-private partnerships can transform urban mobility

public-private partnerships in urban mobility

Public-private partnerships in urban mobility have been assessed in a report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions, a special initiative of the New Climate Economy project, in conjunction with the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, Mckinsey Center for Business and Environment, and Siemens.

According to the report, applying three types of new mobility services – electric, on-demand minibuses, subsidised shared rides, and trip-planning and ticketing apps – can make public transport more affordable, accessible and sustainable, if integrated properly.

As new mobility services proliferate, cities will have opportunities to influence their roles so they not only improve convenience for passengers but also create wider economic and environmental benefits for all city residents. 

One approach, which some 70 cities worldwide have taken, is to form partnerships that allow cities to use the distinctive features of new mobility services to improve their transportation systems overall. 

Evaluating the possibilities associated with this approach requires an understanding of the development of new mobility services in cities around the world, the partnerships that have been formed to date, and the economic and environmental implications of complementing public transit with new mobility models.

The report summarises the development of new mobility partnerships, identifies potential applications for new mobility services in public-transit systems, and models the economic and environmental impact of those applications

The report also presents the first global survey of new mobility services, and identifies emerging trends and opportunities for decision-makers in both the public and private sectors.

Download the Connected Urban Growth: Public-Private Collaborations for Transforming Urban Mobility report.