Phillips and fellow panelists debated at the forum how commuters could be shaken out of their typical routines – which often involve driving by themselves to work – if the country were to reduce its carbon output.
Movmi began leading a joint initiative last October between TransLink, the Modo Co-operative car-share network, BCAA’s Evo car-share service and Vancouver Bike Share Inc. (operating as Mobi).
The initiative sees about 200 workers at 14 businesses use special Compass cards to access rides from a variety of options – cycling, public transit, and car-sharing – as part of an integrated service.
“What we’re trying to do is get rid of you bringing your car to work,” Phillips said. “If you have something that ties it all together, it’s more convenient, and then if you can play with that affordability, then I think that’s the magic recipe to get people out of their personal vehicle into shared, electric modes.”
Other Vancouver companies have been pursuing similar initiatives to make multi-modal travel more accessible to commuters.
Spare Labs Inc. revealed recently that the transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) platform developed by its joint Canadian-Norwegian consortium, SAGA, would be operating a transit service facilitating both driverless and human-driven buses in Norway and the Netherlands.
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