Darwin, Australia, picks SkedGo for new MaaS initiative


Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) provider SkedGo has announced its collaboration with the City of Darwin to launch the Darwin Journey Planner, marking its fifth Australian MaaS project.

The partnership sees Darwin Council incorporate SkedGo’s journey planner onto the Darwin Council website, offering travellers a wide range of transport options within the city and surrounding regions. The journey planner includes all public transport and promotes combining these traditional modes with active travel options including walking, cycling and micro mobility.

The collaboration follows SkedGo’s ongoing flagship projects with the Canberra Government, Department of Transport and Main Roads with The University of Queensland, Carsales and Optus (Singtel) Australia.

The journey planner allows users to plan their trips according to user selected modes and preferences, including carbon emissions produced per journey, and calories used for mixed and multi-modal routes. Neuron micro mobility scooters and bikes are included as part of a first- and last-mile journey planning solution, with the locations visible in real time from the map. Water fountain locations are also integrated.

“MaaS technology is a fundamental tool to reduce air pollution and city congestion,” says Tim Doze, business development manager APAC, SkedGo. “Our journey planner provides the City of Darwin with the data needed to integrate active travel and sustainable transport solutions. After the successful implementation of our projects in Queensland and Canberra, this signifies another big MaaS project in Australia helping to make transport more accessible for all.”

“Transport is currently the second biggest cause of CO2 emissions in Australia and it’s the third biggest household expense,” says Kon Vatskalis, Lord Mayor of Darwin. “The Darwin Journey Planner helps to reduce car usage and minimise city congestion, offering residents and visitors new freedom to active travel that is convenient and sustainable.”

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