Cities will continue to face various pain points due to explosive population growth, including road congestion, if people are overly reliant on personal vehicles, Lux Research reported. Indeed, the annual costs from congestion in the United States will reach around $250 billion in lost productivity, fuel and other costs by 2025, the Texas Transportation Institute reports. But MaaS is seen as a major short-term solution to solving congestion and helping city residents embrace a more multimodal way of getting around. Lime pledged to launch its own MaaS platform as a "one-stop shop" for riders seeking a shared electric vehicle, while Uber and Lyft have made similar moves to integrate transit details and their own micromobility offerings into their apps. While MaaS uptake in the U.S. has been slower than in Europe, the report’s lead analyst Chad Goldberg said more cities are embracing MaaS and that trend will only accelerate in the coming years.
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