Nagpur, India (Urban Transport News): Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro), in collaboration with the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and World Resources Institute India (WRI India) Ross Center, jointly launched the Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP) in Nagpur on March 16, 2022.
STAMP Nagpur aims to improve connectivity to the Metro by working closely with last-mile companies to develop strategies for effective last-mile planning, as well as foster more commuter-centric services by improving metro station area infrastructure and amenities.
STAMP, led by TMF and WRI India Ross Center, is a multi-city initiative that works with metro agencies to enable comprehensive multimodal integration of transportation modes to improve access to the metro.
Nagpur is the sixth city in the STAMP initiative, which was also recently launched in Pune. In Nagpur, the STAMP initiative will explore two critical aspects of metro connectivity: last-mile access and station infrastructure.
Through a challenge model, STAMP Nagpur will engage with last-mile operators and provide grants to selected ones to conduct pilots that will enable better metro access and help connect commuters more effectively across the city.
The program also aims to improve commuters’ accessibility of metro stations by leveraging different data sets. Through the engagement, STAMP will build an evaluative framework for metro station accessibility to ensure smoother commutes.
"Maha Metro is committed to championing the best solutions to make travelling on the metro easier and safer for everyone. We are thrilled to be partnering with WRI India and TMF on this partnership to usher in growth for Nagpur Metro," said Uday Borwanker, Executive Director (O&M), Maha Metro.
"We need to bring the commuter back into the conversation. Using advanced technology and working with like-minded partners, I believe we can prioritize the commuter experience, while enabling the urgent transition towards greener mobility,'' Pras Ganesh, Director, Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF).
"Access to affordable and safe transportation can help promote equality in our cities. Through our STAMP initiative we continue our mission to provide citizens with the foundations of safe and sustainable cities through data from commuters and innovative research,'' commented Madhav Pai, Executive Director, WRI India Ross Center.
The STAMP would definitely further address the transportation issues of the city in the long run.