Padam Mobility: Better Connecting Urban Centres and Peri-Urban Areas

Padam Mobility: Better Connecting Urban Centres and Peri-Urban Areas
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Better Connecting Urban Centres and Peri-Urban Areas with Demand Responsive Transport (DRT)

Introduction

In the UK, population groups dependent on public transport in peri-urban areas often have difficulty accessing essential activities and services such as work, education and health care. Despite increasing urbanisation, huge areas of cities are still not fully accessible by public transport.

Even in the London area, with the most advanced network of public transport in the UK, nearly 40% of the inhabitants live more than one kilometre from a public transportation stop. Outside London, transport is even more car dependent, and reducing the carbon footprint of transport is increasingly urgent, as is ensuring community resilience through equitable access to jobs, education and services.

Household expenditure on transport and fuel, long commuting times, car congestion, pollution, difficult access to services and jobs: as the challenges faced by peri-urban areas and their inhabitants accumulate, it is becoming urgent to rethink mobility on these territories.

Since its creation, Padam Mobility aims to make more efficient, and therefore more accessible, mobility in sparsely populated areas. Providing mobility for people living in peri-urban areas by offering sustainable shared mobility solutions is Padam Mobility’s mission. It’s solutions, Demand Responsive Transport services (DRT and paratransit), improve travel for all, and facilitate access to services and jobs.

Our solutions have proven their reliability in peri-urban areas because they are easily adapted to local circumstances, and provide appropriate answers to the problems encountered by mobility stakeholders on that territory’s scale. By reducing the cost per trip, they increase the attractiveness of services and therefore ridership – while reducing operating costs by minimising empty trips. They adapt and integrate into a mobility offer by focusing on the most difficult part: serving users away from key corridors.

In Lille, Strasbourg, Villefranche-sur-Saône and Sophia-Antipolis in France, Padam Mobility’s DRT and Paratransit solutions have been able to adapt to the local constraints and challenges, of both the territories and their inhabitants to improve their mobility, reduce their dependence on private cars, and increase their autonomy in their travels.

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