How mobility options integrate into a fleet ecosystem is important for Fleet managers to consider with the raft of emerging technologies. It’s also important for governments to take the initiative to improve mobility and public transport services for local communities.
Inner West Council (close to Sydney CBD) is rolling out new carshare spaces at nine local light rail stops, allowing Sydney-siders to leave their car at home and combine public transport and carshare to travel within the Inner West and across the wider Sydney area.
The new spaces, which are now available for customer use, will be trialled over the next two years at stops at Dulwich Hill, Dulwich Grove, Arlington, Marion, Lilyfield, Rozelle Bay, Hawthorne, Leichhardt North and Lewisham West light rail stations.
The Australian-first pilot was proposed by carshare company GoGet and successfully championed by Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne.
Byrne said that he was pleased to see the trial rolled out first in the Inner West. “With tens of thousands of carshare members across the Inner West it makes sense to integrate carshare with our light rail line,” he said.
“Sydney-siders want more sophisticated transport options that allow them to make more affordable and sustainable choices. Integrating these two transport modes allows more people than ever before to ditch their private cars.”
Christopher Vanneste, Head of Locations and Partnerships at GotGet, said that it was fitting that the integration between carshare and light rail would be trialled in the Inner West.
“The Inner West is where Australian carshare was born 16 years ago, and we couldn’t be more excited that Council sees GoGet as an established form of public transport that delivers significant social and economic benefits,” he said.
“This is the first integration of carshare with public transport of its kind in Australia. Every carshare vehicle takes 10 private vehicles off the road, and we expect this integration to further decrease congestion on our local streets, and enable people to use public transport for the majority of their journey and then use carshare for the critical ‘mid-mile’ of their trip.”
Locals should look out for the new signed spaces at their local light rail stop.