In metropolitan regions, a range of transport modes and services are used for different locations and purposes. For longer trips, it may be necessary or more efficient to combine several modes of transport within a trip from origin to destination. Such journeys entail interchanges, which are disruptions for travellers. Good design and management of Intermodal Mobility Hubs may minimise such interruptions and turn them into added value.
While transport services compete with each other, hubs have the unique function of creating the marketplace for this competition or structure the transport network. In either case, hubs need to be planned, designed and managed under public control.
Intermodal Transport Hubs are a multipurpose tool of all avoid-shift-improve strategies:
- Avoid & Planning: Located in the optimal position, hubs help avoid unnecessarily long trips. In Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) that locates activities in the optimal position relative to transport hubs, they reduce the need for travel to get things done even further.
- Shift & Governance: When implementing hubs, good governance provides land, access, and financing. The management of transport hub operations addresses the regulation of usage, arbitration between competing users; It requires fit-for-purpose institutions and procedures.
- Improvement & Technologies: Effective designs and smart technologies can greatly enhance a Transport Hub by enabling smooth and efficient passenger and vehicle flows and making dwell times more pleasant and productive. Modern Transport Hubs must accommodate for electric vehicles, active mobility (walking and cycling) and a variety of non-transport services.
The concept of intermodal transport hubs is widely known and applied throughout ASEAN. Many good practices can be found in the region. Yet, many additional hubs need to be created and existing hubs be upgraded to modern standards, in all SMMR partner MR, and throughout ASEAN. SMMR will develop a compendium of good practice examples and guidelines on mobility hubs.
SUTP iNUA implementation guide #6: Accessible Urban Mobility
The sixth SUTP iNUA implementation guide focuses on how to promote accessible urban transport for all. Accessible mobility is a core issue for sustainable and economic development of our cities in the future. The paper outlines key strategies to ensure barrier-free usability of public infrastructure and provides a number of step-by-step measures towards implementing governance and design for all concepts.