A pioneering transport accessibility app for the Highlands and Islands has received new funding from the Scottish Government.
The Go-Hi app, launched over the summer, provides instant access to information on buses, trains, taxis, car rentals, car clubs, bike rentals, air travel and ferries, allowing users to plan their trips and find, book and pay for all modes of transport in one place.
The regional transport partnership, HiTrans, which is behind the project, has secured £ 408,772 in the second round of Transport Scotland’s Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) investment fund to expand Go-Hi.
It is in addition to the £ 445,170 received in the first round.
In addition, HiTrans will provide a range of complementary measures from European projects worth around £ 2million.
Scottish Government Transport Minister Graeme Dey reviewed the app during a visit to Elgin where he also met with project partners.
“This is a prime example of the Scottish Government working in partnership with local communities and private businesses to develop digital technology that connects many modes of transport, providing a one-stop-shop for transport for residents and visitors”, did he declare.
HiTrans Chairman Councilor Allan Henderson said the second tranche of government funding was an important vote of confidence.
“The project will ensure that we remain at the forefront of innovation and the digitization of transport information,” he said.
“Actions within the project will significantly improve the accessibility of travel information and the ease of payment for multiple modes of travel.”
The additional funding expands the platform with several new transport partners including ProxiSmart joining current project partners, 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.
Pioneering travel app launched in the Highlands