Exeter City Futures join us with a radical and ambitious “MOU”

Exeter City Futures and TravelSpirit Foundation have developed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) as a basis of the city of Exeter’s active involvement with the TravelSpirit Community and strategic collaboration with the TravelSpirit Foundation.

With cities consuming between two-thirds and three-quarters of the world’s energy, their role in driving a clean energy future is inescapable. Around 1.5 million people are added to the global urban population every week, and the proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas is heading for 66 percent by 2050.

The global imperative for change is clear.

Uncontrolled, rapid urbanization presents acute challenges for national and local governments, with constrained capacity and finance for infrastructure delivery. Unplanned and poorly managed urbanization can give rise to inequality, pollution, and costly sprawling development plans.

Too much of city development and planning is based on existing habits and behaviours, which oftentimes neither address the challenges, nor increase happiness.

Around the world new ways of providing mobility are appearing in our towns and cities. At the same time, rapid adoption of mobile internet access is creating new business models and service offerings that change the way we access and utilise transport.
Recently, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has emerged from within this exciting frontier to offer travellers a powerful new alternative to car ownership. It provides customers and communities a choice of mobility packages, using a range of suitable transport options, all linked through an integrated and seamless user experience.

This is a real step forward. However, we must ensure that the world of new mobility does not take substantial value and profits out of local communities. Instead it must add value and improve citizens’ wellbeing.

For more information on our Memorandum of Understanding, and how you can partner with us on this, and/or develop more city partnerships, please contact our the Chair of TravelSpirit Foundation, Si Ho.

siho@travelspirit.io | +44 (0) 7977 137 824

TravelSpirit launches a new tool to measure the openness of a city’s transport system.

TravelSpirit continues its work on openness in Mobility as a Service by publishing a tool to assess how open new MaaS projects are.

The TravelSpirit Openness Index for Mobility as a Service is a practical tool to help create openness in practice. Created by the TravelSpirit UK Project Board, the tool consists of a methodology for assessing how open a Mobility as a Service offer is. It is an important addition to the growing library of TravelSpirit resources.

TravelSpirit is calling on UK transport practitioners to apply the tool on cities and transport operators. By ‘open-sourcing’ the methodology and working collaboratively the group is working to grow the UK Market for Mobility as a Service.

Chair of the TravelSpirit Foundation, Si Ho said:

“Openness is key to developing scalable, sustainable Mobility as a Service models for the public good. Our new tool enables closed and open elements to be identified – and the steps towards more openness to be quantified for the first time.”

The TravelSpirit Index of Openness for MaaS is a simple and practical tool to help those developing MaaS systems understand their current position and their potential for developing an open MaaS model.

The current version of the tool was peer reviewed and applied to the Transport for West Midlands MaaS project as a demonstrative case-study. The plan is to develop the tool further, with feedback from the UK transport community and support from University College London, who are planning to improve it over the summer, through a Masters dissertation project.

TravelSpirit is calling on the transport community to trial the Index and submit case studies to share understanding of openness in MaaS.  It is inviting contributions to validate and update the initial model and identify gaps, with a view to updating the tool in September 2017 – disseminating the findings at an event planned for the Autumn.

TravelSpirit Index of Openness for Mobility as a Service

TravelSpirit Index of Openness West Midlands Case Study

For further advice and guidance on its use or to submit case studies: info@travelspirit.io


For further information please contact Beate Kubitz

Beate.Kubitz@travelspirit.io | +44 (0) 7974 369240

Key resources:

Whitepaper 1: Open or Closed? The Case for openness in Mobility as a Service

The updated TravelSpirit Index of Openness for Mobility as a Service will be published in late 2017.

Whitepaper 2: TravelSpirit Index of Openness in Mobility as a Service

The TravelSpirit Openness Index for Mobility as a Service is a practical tool to help create openness in developing MaaS projects.

Transport Practitioners are encouraged to download the tool and use it to assess programmes and activities in development.

TravelSpirit will collate and benchmark project assessments and refine the tool as Mobility as a Service develops in the UK.

TravelSpirit Index of Openness for Mobility as a Service

TravelSpirit Index of Openness West Midlands Case Study

For further advice and guidance on its use or to submit case studies email: info@travelspirit.io

Travelspirit Foundation appoints new CEO

One year after the launch of the TravelSpirit Community, TravelSpirit Foundation has strengthened its senior leadership team, with two new appointments to its Global Executive. These appointments form part of an important update to the TravelSpirit governance structure.

The changes will enable the organisation to better communicate and accelerate its mission to provide an open framework for integrated mobility and universally accessible services.

TravelSpirit Foundation is now governed by a Global Executive team of four Execs and two non-execs. This team are charged with delivering the Foundation’s Strategic Plan. They are supported by autonomous Regional Market Development Boards, who define and deliver mobility programmes through local partnerships.

The UK Market Development Board has been in place for the last 6 months and has already delivered a series of key outcomes, including thought leadership position papers and an Index of Openness for cities and transport operators, to be released next week. Other Regional Boards, in Europe and Asia, are in the progress of being set up.

Giles Bailey is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer and Beate Kubitz the new Chief Operating Officer. They join Chairman Si Ho and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Dalton. Existing team members, Alex Burrows from Alstom Transport UK and Lucy Yu from the Department for Transport will remain on the Board as non-exec directors, to advise on strategic and policy matters.

Giles Bailey said: “It is a great honour to take up the role of CEO of TravelSpirit. One of the key roles of the Executive team will be to reach out to innovators and foundations who are in tune with our message and want to work with us. Together we can change the otherwise default view of new mobility with a more sustainable and effective view of the open Internet of Mobility”.

Giles was previously the TravelSpirit UK Regional Board Chair and has over 25 years of experience in managing transport and innovation within Transport for London, with his own consultancy, Stratageeb, and as a Warwick University lecturer and writer.

Beate Kubitz moves from Director of Communications and Policy, TravelSpirit UK Regional Board, to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Beate’s background is in communications and campaigning in the third sector, including for Carplus Bikeplus. She is currently authoring the first Annual Survey of Mobility as a Service, which will be published this summer by Landor. 

Beate said: “The scope and breadth of this role is both exciting and daunting at the same time. In my first 100 days I want to building on our “open or closed?” whitepaper, by shortly releasing the TravelSpirit Openness Index and following up in July with a thought provoking whitepaper on Autonomy – the implications of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Urban Mobility. I’ll also be developing our conference and events programme – crucial, in my view, to bringing everyone together on this globally relevant agenda”. 

Chairman Si Ho added: “The organisation is also looking to grow our UK Project Board with new members. This is the team that delivers TravelSpirit’s programme of activity within the UK market and already consists of an exciting and dynamic mix of local authorities, academia, SME’s and representatives of larger commercial and non-commercial organisations. Please do get in touch with us to explore how you could be part of this team.” 

The TravelSpirit Foundation was established in Manchester in 2016 to provide an open framework for the provision of new mobility services. To successfully achieve our ambitious aims for the emerging mobility sphere – within the UK and across the globe – we set out to build a global network of transport operators, software developers, businesses, policy.

CTO, Jeremy Dalton said: “I am delighted to see how far we’ve come, already, since I flew in to join the team last September. With the four of us in place we can begin to make further in roads. My focus is on our Open Innovation Programme. It is designed to generate resilient solutions to known mobility challenges. We shepherd innovative ideas through a project pipeline that leverages experience, skills exchange, open source tools and assets from the TravelSpirit community. We want to build on what we achieved at Hackout Manchester (see video here) and want to hear from other cities around the globe who want to join the programme.”

Naturally, this global network is diverse, featuring a range of entities with different aims and objectives, so we are united by our four core values:

· Universal Mobility as a Service: We believe that an integrated, connected, multi-modal MaaS system provides the needed path to sustainable and equitable transportation for all people and communities.

· Open Innovation: We believe in an open innovation model, that rewards sharing of information that serves others, even our competitors, and brings benefits to all.

· Global Community: We believe that by connecting coders, planners, activists, and policymakers through a global network, we are better equipped to tackle the toughest mobility and transport challenges.

· Local Benefit: We believe that our work must be grounded in its ability to demonstrate positive change by and for local communities and regions.

For further information please contact info@travelspirit.io or message one of the global team (Si Ho, Giles Bailey, Beate Kubitz, Jeremy Dalton) on social media.