The vision of MobiCascais is to be the best option for sustainable mobility for the people and its main goals are the reduction of congestion, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, road accidents, and the requalification of the urban environment. The MobiCascais system pursues the following five main objectives: the first is to promote mobility as a service, diversify the modes of transport and intensify the use of public transport, shared and active mobility, properly articulated with the safe system approach; the second is to increase the use of the train as the structuring public transport mode, by diversifying the offer of modes of transport at the rail interfaces; the third is to foster carbon neutrality in the transport and urban logistics sector, by promoting active and green mobility, improving the support infrastructures; the fourth is to integrate and articulate the parking policy in the sustainable mobility strategy; and the last is to introduce and develop smart mobility management systems, including new autonomous and connected mobility systems. Display the conditions and service levels of the transport network to the public in real-time.
To achieve these objectives, Cascais implemented the Free Mobility Program, a bold policy that allows its residents, students, and workers to use municipal buses and bike-sharing for free. Simultaneously, Cascais launched a public transport tender that doubled the supply of buses. In the next five years, they will gradually be replaced by hydrogen-powered ones. Cascais has the first national hydrogen charge station.
These measures are complemented with the promotion of active mobility, which constitutes a new offer for the ‘last mile’ travel through the supply of new services (shared leisure bicycles, bike sharing, scooter sharing, bike parking, etc) and the development of new bicycle paths, which contribute to the public space regeneration. Parking management is a decisive element for the regulation of modal choice. MobiCascais has 6559 on-street parking spaces and 1638 off-street car parks to support the mobility hubs, in particular the railway stations.
Other modes of transport are also integrated, such as car sharing, transport of non-urgent patients, school transport, and on-demand transport. Citizens of Cascais will be able to reserve, monitor, and pay for this service through the Smartphone application. The ecosystem is complex, with several operators, each one with different IT systems, and some systems are not yet prepared to be integrated. All parties involved must change, adapt and evolve.