Athens, the capital of Greece, is set to launch a pilot program for MaaS (Mobility as a Service), which aims to integrate various transportation modes into a single, seamless service for commuters. The pilot, scheduled to begin in January 2024, will focus on integrating public transportation, taxis, e-bike rentals, airlines, and ferry companies into a single app. athens mobility-as-a-service
This will allow passengers to plan their journeys, book tickets, and pay for their transportation all through a single platform, making it easier and more convenient for them to navigate the city.
The pilot is being developed by Transport for Athens (OASA), the company that operates metro, tram, trolleybus, and bus services in the city. OASA is working with some partners, including Deloitte, Accenture, and Innovent, to develop the MaaS platform.
The system will be tested on the city’s Airport Express Bus Lines by the end of March 2024, and it will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness before being expanded to the entire city. If the pilot is successful, OASA hopes to implement MaaS permanently, making Athens a pioneer in the adoption of this innovative transportation model.
Here are some of the potential benefits of MaaS for Athens:
- Increased convenience for commuters: Passengers will be able to plan their journeys, book tickets, and pay for their transportation all through a single platform. This will save them time and effort, and it will make it easier for them to switch between different modes of transportation.
- Reduced congestion: MaaS could help to reduce congestion in Athens by encouraging people to use public transportation, taxis, and e-bikes instead of their cars.
- Improved air quality: By reducing the number of cars on the road, MaaS could help to improve air quality in Athens.
Overall, the MaaS pilot in Athens is a promising initiative that could have a significant impact on the city’s transportation system. If the pilot is successful, MaaS could become a standard feature of urban transportation in the years to come.
The KTEL group of regional bus companies started rolling out a contactless open-loop fare payment system on services in 33 cities and islands across Greece in May 2023. athens mobility-as-a-service