Transport must embrace the digital future ISSUE NUMBER: TT137
How can transport attract the investment it needs to provide smart, integrated efficient services? One of the debates at the Confederation of Passenger Transport Scottish conference last month was about how to get the investment and support needed to make these changes. Most operators want to provide faster, cheaper, more popular services, but most currently observe continuing trends for slower, more expensive, less popular services. Contrast this with the rapid growth of technology companies such as Uber and Deliveroo and it is no surprise that the smart money follows the growth of the companies able to make better use of existing resources.
If transport companies and authorities don't focus on the under-utilised resources in the system then somebody else will. The analysis and investment culture in transport remains focused on a few assets like road space and vehicles, rather than making more of the capabilities of people and places. There are rich prizes for the companies able to co-ordinate physical and digital connections.
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