The Future’s Smart for Scottish Transport: TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021 Retrospective


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Last month, at TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021, we were joined by the Head of Transport Scotland’s Concessionary Travel and Integrated Ticketing Unit, Mary Docherty, Smart and Integrated Ticketing and Payment Programme Manager, Juliet Bell, and MaaS Delivery Manager, Laura McCaig, who combined at the podium to provide a comprehensive update on the Transport Scotland journey towards implementing the Ministerial vision: ‘That all journeys on Scotland’s public transport can be made using some form of smart ticketing or payment’.

The scope of Mary, Juliet and Laura’s speeches covered key drivers and challenges, Covid-19 transport trends (impacts on cycling, rail, concessionary bus and ferry journeys), combating climate change and 2020-2022 smart programme delivery specifics, including: smart card interoperability, contactless payments, capacity management passenger occupancy, the Transport (Scotland) Act, digital travel data (public transport data and bus open data services), COP26, new concession schemes and mobility as a service. They also brought us up to speed with the MaaS Investment Fund (launched back in 2019 to test MaaS concept in Scotland over a three year period), outlining current projects (e.g. GO-HI, Project ‘ENABLE’, GoNHS TAYSIDE, National Park Journey Planner and ShareMORE) with partners such as Hitrans, Tactran, NHS Tayside, Angus Council, Stirling Council, Perth & Kinross Council, Dundee City Council, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and The MILL, plus two new projects with the University of St Andrews and SEStran.

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us on December 8th for the live in-person event at the RSE, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Mary, Juliet and Laura’s jointly presented keynote).


Those qualifying to receive the rich content from these presentations include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from: local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public and private transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021

On December 8th we will be casting a spotlight over Scotland, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the city-regions of Glasgow & Clyde Valley, Edinburgh & South East Scotland, Stirling, Tay, Aberdeen, Inverness & Highlands, and beyond.


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