About The Initiative
About The Initiative
WRI India Ross Center, in collaboration with the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), has launched the Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP), which focuses on high-quality last-mile connectivity to Namma Metro in Bengaluru. Last-mile connectivity refers to the ease of access between public transit networks and commuters’ final destinations, such as homes and offices. This remains a key challenge for the metro in Bengaluru. Through STAMP, WRI India is working with citizens, entrepreneurs, government, and other stakeholders to help build ground-up, participative, and collaborative systems for improved access and connectivity to station areas.
Launched in December 2016, STAMP is mobilized through the following approach:
1. Identify issues and opportunities - This phase focuses on identifying issues and opportunities that impact accessibility to the station, through surveys conducted around selected metro stations. Data will be used to promote the need for improved last-mile connectivity, and to allow contextual solutions to be developed for Namma Metro.
2. Enable stakeholders ( Capacity Building ) - Based on the WRI Safe Access approach, workshops are conducted around selected station areas to engage with residents, mobility entrepreneurs, government agencies and elected representatives. Workshops raise awareness about last-mile connectivity issues, and highlight local challenges and potential solutions through discussions.
3. Catalyse innovation and change ( STAMP Challenge ) - The STAMP Challenge platform acts as a catalyst to promote innovation for last mile connectivity. Promising solutions that address connectivity and accessibility issues at station areas will be identified and incubated through the Challenge.
4. Implement solutions - Winning business ideas emerging from the Challenge will be supported through pilot implementation at a station area. Mature business ideas with potential for addressing last-mile connectivity will also be supported through access to government representatives and funding networks.
Through STAMP, WRI India and TMF hope to catalyse an urban mobility revolution in Indian cities, one that centres around multi-modal public transit systems that are accessible and affordable for everyone.
Public transit is seeing a boost in many Indian cities with large-scale investments in metro rail systems. However, private vehicle ownership and traffic congestion in metropolitan areas continue to increase while only a limited number of people make the switch to commuting by metro. Part of the problem lies in getting to and from the metro stations, better known as the problem of first- and last-mile connectivity.
STAMP is an endeavour to address this issue of first-/last-mile connectivity, by promoting a shift from private to public transport, and improving the ridership of mass transit systems like Namma Metro.
Bengaluru is investing USD 2 billion in building a metro rail system (Phase 1 and 2) for providing high-quality mass transit in the city. Currently the second largest metro rail network in the country after Delhi Metro, both in terms of operational length and number of stations, Namma Metro will be 114km longs and have more than 120 stations when completed.
With Phase -1 of Namma Metro nearing completion, planning for last-mile connectivity will be essential to optimize the use of public mass transit among urban residents. Transport agencies are already working in collaboration with private companies to provide last-mile connectivity services. As the top-ranked Indian city in the Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking and home to some of the most active citizens’ groups in the country, Bengaluru is the ideal city for crowd-sourcing innovative ideas to improve last-mile connectivity to mass transit. This is exactly what the STAMP Challenge will do, to provide high-quality, time-saving, multi-modal transit solutions for the residents of Bengaluru.
Find out more about the STAMP Challenge here.
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