A new app in the Brainport Region helps to reduce the CO2 footprint and traffic congestion around Eindhoven. It was presented as part of the Mobility-As-A-Service (MAAS) awareness campaign, aimed at developing a new work-related mobility model.
The Turnn MAAS app is designed for employees and employers. It offers a variety of sustainable mobility options in one place– such as public transport and bike-sharing services. Employees can also book and pay for their business trips. At the same time, employers do not have to enter into multiple contracts with different mobility operators.
The municipality of Eindhoven, Brainport Development, ASML and Turnn are the project’s partners. Having fewer cars on the roads ensures fewer traffic jams and a smaller impact on the environment. As it happens, greenhouse emissions have nearly gotten back to pre-COVID-19 levels, according the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
“We want to cut down on the number of people coming to work by car by offering them a good alternative. As new people are coming in, we need to think about how people are going to commute to and from work. If we keep on going this way, there will not be enough space for everyone to come here”, says Monique List, mobility alderman of the municipality of Eindhoven.
Before its official launch, hundreds of workers tested out the Turnn MAAS app. Marijn van der Burgt works at ASML and is one of the employees who took part in the test. “In addition to being sustainable, travelling with the help of the app is also more relaxed. Since you can choose to commute by public transport, you don’t have to worry about the traffic. You can focus on working and start your day without all that stress.”
Brainport Development is working on involving as many companies as possible. Changing mobility behaviours is the key to lowering the number of cars on the roads. In the future, workers will only have to worry about checking their app to choose the most sustainable way to get to their workplace.