Integrated mobility needs full stakeholder collaboration

Cities are struggling to self-fund new mobility solutions. Collaborating with industry players will create scope for new transport ecosystems that improve the quality of urban life. By Betti Hunter

In the face of urbanisation, cities across the world are struggling to create mobility that is accessible, sustainable, and equitable for all. Many simply do not have the capital to modernise existing infrastructure or public transit systems to keep pace with mobility developments and population increases. Though the benefits of introducing integrated mobility systems are widely recognised, finding investors and finance is an issue for many a city planner. A 2016 report from Kansas City-based engineering firm Black & Veatch found that 84% of municipalities were unable to self-fund smart city initiatives. There is no shortage of forward-thinking ideas, but authorities will find it hard to reinvigorate urban infrastructure alone.

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