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The Utrecht MaaS pilot will end at the end of 2022. The question is what's next?

On Monday 17 October, State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen was a guest at Goedopweg and the municipality of Utrecht to hear more about their experiences with the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) pilot in the Utrecht region. MaaS brings all forms of transport into one mobile service. 

After exchanging experiences, the group went to Vaartsche Rijn railway station to open the first official shared mobility hub with a national identity. From now on a place where residents and visitors can easily and quickly transfer to and from an electric (cargo) bicycle or shared car. Alderman Lot van Hooijdonk of the Municipality of Utrecht and State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen performed the opening act together.

"Thanks to this shared hub, people can easily use different means of transport. In this way we make cities more accessible and accessible. I hope that there will be many more hubs of this type in the Netherlands, because both the traveler and the environment will benefit from this." "

Goedopweg's program manager, Esther de Lange, drew attention to the promotion of regional cooperation between municipalities and good agreements with them about the use of shared transport. Alderman Lot van Hooijdonk has shared her vision with the State Secretary and sees many opportunities in shared transport to make the city of Utrecht more sustainable. An official evaluation of the MaaS pilot Utrecht will follow at the beginning of 2023. 

"As Utrecht, we face a major mobility challenge in the coming years. The experiences of the MaaS pilot and the development of shared hubs, such as at Vaartsche Rijn station, teach us a lot about the possibilities for smarter and more sustainable organization of mobility in our city. And that is a precondition for realizing the substantial housing task in the city.”

Shared cars and electric (cargo) bicycles are available at the Vaartsche Rijn shared hub. The shared hub is designed in accordance with the new national identity for shared hubs (called "HUB") and therefore next to a recognizable logo with the uniform signage, section marking and signage. Every traveler in the Netherlands knows what they can expect at these hubs as a minimum when it comes to the quality of the shared transport on offer and any additional services. It is in line with existing concepts, such as the NS station concept. In the coming years, the municipality of Utrecht will realize several shared hubs in Utrecht. 

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Goedopweg makes the busy Utrecht region more accessible and more liveable. With innovative and practical solutions, we make traffic and mobility more sustainable and thus contribute to a healthy future. Goedopweg is a collaboration between the municipalities of Utrecht and Amersfoort, the province of Utrecht, Rijkswaterstaat Central Netherlands and the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management.

(from left to right, Program Manager Goedopweg Esther de Lange, State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen, Alderman Lot van Hooijdonk, Project Leader MaaS Mark Verbeet, Project Manager Shared Mobility Lisette van Os)
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