The rapid increase of new technologies and disruptive innovations are taking the world by storm, and it is safe to say that public transport is one of the sectors most touched by this development. With new and emerging mobility solutions offering both opportunities and challenges to public transport, it is important for UITP to lead the transition to a model where inclusive and sustainable mobility is available to all.
To this goal, UITP travelled to the United States earlier this month for the New Mobility Learning Visit in San Francisco and LaCoMotion in Los Angeles, in order to understand the collective viewpoints of the sector.
Recognising the importance of solid governance in the context of new and emerging mobility services, UITP is happy to announce the launch of GECKO, a new research project tackling exactly this issue. UITP will act as coordinator of this important EU funded project. GECKO’s main goal is to support authorities with tools and recommendations for new regulatory frameworks to enhance the transition to new mobility solutions, acknowledging that existing frameworks may be inadequate in terms of protecting society, fostering business development and achieving integrated, sustainable mobility. The project will provide innovative concepts, methodologies and tools to enable this transition to take place, leading to new and flexible regulation and balanced governance that contribute to sustainable mobility goals.
To kick-off GECKO, a public launch event was held at the Hilton Hotel Brussels Grand Place, gathering consortium partners, industry experts and other interested stakeholders.
The day was opened by UITP Secretatry General Mohamed Mezghani, who spoke about the need of new regulatory frameworks to meet the changing roles and powers in the mobility framework. "We are in an era of disruption, especially when speaking about mobility services. Technologies are constantly evolving, and soon are our business models and governance models. But no matter what, the governance of mobility should always serve the public interest. That is where GECKO comes in."
The governance of mobility should always serve the public interest
After the opening, Senior Director Knowledge & Innovation Umberto Guida and GECKO Project Manager Yannick Bousse spoke about the relevance, structure and timeline of the GECKO project. The day was completed by a panel discussion, which saw representatives from different stakeholder groups sharing their perspectives on new and emerging mobility services and their integration with public transport, as well as on the project as a whole.
GECKO will outline an implementation plan including actions required up to 2040, aiming to advise policy makers on challenges and policies that need to be addressed to move towards integrated, accessible and sustainable mobility across modes for both passenger and freight transport.
For more information about GECKO, contact Yannick Bousse, the Project Manager of the project.