WRI India Sustainable Cities, 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.