The Go-Hi mobility app has recieved funding from the Scottish Government, to provide wider transport information and transactional services to residents, tourists and business travellers in the Highlands and Islands.
The app, launched during the summer, provides access to information on buses, trains, taxis, car hire, car clubs, bicycle hire, air travel and ferries, allowing users to plan their journeys and find, book, and pay for all modes of transport in one place, using any iPhone or Android mobile device.
Behind the project is the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS), the regional transport partnership, which has secured £408,772 from round two of Transport Scotland’s Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Investment Fund to expand Go-Hi, adding to the £445,170 received in round one.
The Scottish Government’s minister for transport Graeme Dey MSP, said: “It’s a great example of the Scottish Government working in partnership with local communities and private enterprise to develop the digital technology that allows the joining up of many transport modes, providing a one-stop transport shop for residents and visitors alike.
“I look forward to seeing how the second phase of the pilot develops to meet customer requirements and test the concept of MaaS in Scotland to support modal shift.”
The additional funding from the MaaS Investment Fund extends the platform with several transport partners including ProxiSmart who join current project partners the Institute of Transport Studies Leeds University, Enterprise Car Club and Car Hire, Bewegen, Brompton Bike Hire, Stagecoach Bus, West Coast Motors, Inverness Taxis, ScotRail, Loganair, Shotl, Skedgo, Orkney Ferries and Northlink Ferries.
Go-Hi project partner Enterprise Car Club have also increased the availability of car club vehicles including at new locations in Scrabster, Fort William, Aviemore, Kyle of Lochalsh and Portree.
Councillor Allan Henderson, chair of HITRANS, said: “This is great news for our large rural and remote region.
“The project will ensure we remain in the vanguard of innovation and the digitalisation of transport information.
“Actions within the project will hugely improve accessibility of travel information and ease of payment for multiple modes of travel.”
The funding for the Go-Hi app was intended for an initial 6-month live pilot project, but through internal virement of budget and additional funding from the Stronger Combined North Sea Region Project, has launched the platform for a 24-month period.
HITRANS partnership with Interreg North Sea Region project, ‘Stronger Combined’ is also enabling the introduction of the Inverness eBike Dock System and MaaS programme marketing.