Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) has entered an agreement with World Resources Institute (WRI) to seek possible solutions in first- and last-mile connectivity to metro transit in Bengaluru. The city with a population of around 12 million people has experienced rapid urban growth and development in part due to its status as the IT capital of India. TMF and WRI want to improve accessibility to Metro transit and increase its usage through a process of research, capacity building, open collaboration, and testing. This would provide citizens better ease of movement throughout the city.
TMF and WRI will be collaborating with various stakeholders in Bengaluru including the state government, public agencies, and Bengaluru’s IT industry, the two organisations will develop a project called the Station Access & Mobility Program (STAMP), also referred to as the Bengaluru Mobility Project, which will up to March 2018. In the first year of the project, they will build a stakeholder network and invite them to identify practical and feasible solutions to first and last mile connectivity issues. They will propose these ideas through an open innovation challenge. TMF and WRI will then support winning solutions and aim at scaling them in Bengaluru and other cities. After evaluating the results of the project, TMF will determine the scope of future activities in India.