Mobility hubs can also provide a range of mobility-related and non-mobility services. Mobility related services can include for example charging points for electric cars or bicycles, a digital pillar providing information. Non-mobility related facilities can include for example waiting area spaces, kiosk for coffee, parcel storage or activity centres.
The concept of “mobility hub” builds upon earlier concepts used in the academic literature and planning practice focussing on physical transfers in the passenger transport domain (e.g. park and ride facilities, multi-modal transfer points) and freight logistics domain (e.g., urban and regional distribution centres). The main value added of the concept is that it can help to provide an integrated planning approach, involving integration between policy instruments involving different modes, infrastructure provision, management and pricing, transport and land use measures and other policy areas.This document summarises the SmartHubs integration Ladder1.
The SmartHubs Integration Ladder allows the comparison of different hubs with different services, understanding potential effects, and aiding the integration of societal goals into mobility hub developments. The typology can also help to assess which characteristics create more user value, usage and user satisfaction levels and higher societal impacts in terms of reduced car use and ownership levels, accessibility impacts, impact transport emissions, etc.).
Read the description of the multidimensional mobility hub typology.