A mobility as a service (MAAS) project in Scotland is to use Fleetondemand’s Mobilleo platform.

The GO-HI project, from the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnerships (HITRANS), will provide users with access to buses, trains, car clubs, car hire, bicycle hire, air travel and ferries.

The associated app will allow users to plan their journeys and find, book and pay for all modes of transports using any iPhone or Android mobile device.

The initial pilot project is due to go live in March 2021. Funding is coming from the EU North Sea Region Stronger Combined project, and the Scottish Government’s MAAS Investment Fund ­- the latter set up by Transport Scotland with the aim of improving access to public transport in the country’s most sparsely populated region.

Project partners include Enterprise Car Club and Car Hire, Bewegen, Stagecoach Bus, West Coast Motors, Inverness Taxis, ScotRail, Loganair and SkedGo.

Fleetondemand strategic account director Ross Basnett said: “We’re looking forward to working with HITRANS to tailor a solution that addresses the mobility challenges faced by residents and tourists in some of Scotland’s most rural areas.

“The GO-HI app will bring together the various transport services in the area, allowing easier access to travel information, more reliable journey planning, in-app ticketing and a hassle-free payment system. 

“These improvements should give people the confidence to use public transport and reduce the feeling of isolation among those without access to a car.”

HITRANS director Ranald Robertson said: “This pioneering project is an ambitious region-wide solution that has the potential to make a significant contribution to improve accessibility for residents and visitors. 

“It also addresses government ambitions to reduce carbon emissions by encouraging a modal shift from sole occupancy cars to shared cars and public transport alternatives. 

“It will also help to create healthier lifestyles by improving the sustainable travel choices people can make in the region, including active travel opportunities.”