A new fund which aims to encourage people out of cars and onto Scotland sustainable public transport network has opened for applications.

Applications for the £2 million fund to explore the future of transport are now being accepted.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson made the announcement as he addressed the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Scotland annual conference in Edinburgh.

Following a period of engagement and consultation with the sector to develop the scope and criteria for the fund, applications are now ready to be accepted between June 20 and August 30, 2019 for the first year contracts.

Funding for this initiative is available over the next 3 years (2019 to 2021) for projects to grow the evidence base on the potential for delivery of MaaS solutions in Scotland.

Matheson said, ‘Since the fund was announced last September as part of our Programme for Government, Transport Scotland has been engaging with public bodies, transport operators, suppliers and others to shape up the criteria for this fund. It is very pleasing to now be able to open the MaaS fund up for applications from the sector, so that work can begin in earnest to support the testing of the concept in Scotland.’

‘The concept behind MaaS is to join up multiple different modes of transport and allow users to create their own unique journey from A to B and pay for it with a simple tap on their smart device,’ added Matheson.

Stephen Taylor, CEO of Technology Scotland, which operates MaaS Scotland said, ‘The projects made possible by the Scottish Government’s MaaS Investment fund will provide much needed evidence for the impact of Mobility as a Service on the way we travel. In doing so they will also place Scotland at the leading edge of global developments in an area that is fast moving from concept to delivery.’

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