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Toyota Mobility Foundation, WRI to enhance accessibility and multi-modal mobility in six Indian cities; STAMP

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have agreed to work together to enhance metro accessibility through multi-modal mobility solutions in six Indian cities over the next three years, from 2018 to 2021.

This project is an extension of the methodology developed by TMF and WRI for Bengaluru, India, which was implemented from December 2016 through 2017. The methodology, termed STAMP (Station Access and Mobility Program), combines four measures:

  • Utilizing data to identify accessibility issues to and from metro stations.

  • Hosting workshops, sharing best practices, and coaching stakeholders for capacity building.

  • Conducting solution challenges for Information Technology (IT) engineers, other entrepreneurs, and citizen groups.

  • Testing solutions, validating effects, and sharing results.

TMF and WRI agreed to conduct projects in two Indian cities per year over the next three years, from 2018 to 2021. They will test solutions in mega cities and tier 2 cities to identify the optimal ones for their unique, local mobility issues. Their intention is to create a resource that combines determinants of success and challenges for implementation gleaned from the projects in Bengaluru and the 6 new cities. This resource will support the Indian government as the determine future city and transportation planning policies and practices.

Valuing the expertise of local IT entrepreneurs to identify additional last-mile solutions to access the metro, the next city TMF has identified for STAMP is Hyderabad.

Hyderabad has experienced rapid urban growth and development, in part, due to its status as an IT hub. The city is often called “Cyberabad” or “Cyber City.” This surge has powered the economy, but it has also resulted congestion and limited access to mobility. To overcome these issues, the city has invested in a public transport metro system within the city and aims to expand its reach and enhance its ridership.

In this project, TMF and WRI will use the STAMP methodology to bring together ideas from technology and service providers, mobility entrepreneurs, NGOs, corporations, and citizens in order to co-create solutions for improving first and last mile metro connectivity.

The Toyota Mobility Foundation was established in August 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to support strong mobility systems while eliminating disparities in mobility. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working in partnership with universities, government, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world. Programs include resolving urban transportation problems, expanding the utilization of personal mobility, and developing solutions for next generation mobility.

World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization, headquartered in Washington DC, that spans more than 50 countries.

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