New frontiers for sustainable mobility: MaaS (Mobility as a Service)

Keywords: MaaS, Mobility as a Service, Urban mobility


Starting from the relationship between urban planning and mobility management, TeMA has gradually
expanded the view of the covered topics, always remaining in the groove of rigorous scientific in-depth
analysis. This section of the Journal, Review Notes, is the expression of continuously updating emerging
topics concerning relationships between urban planning, mobility and environment, through a collection of
short scientific papers written by young researchers. The Review Notes are made of four parts. Each section
examines a specific aspect of the broader information storage within the main interests of TeMA Journal.
In particular, the Urban planning literature review section presents recent books and journals on selected
topics and issues within the global scientific panorama.
This contribution aims at delving into the issue of sustainable urban mobility through a new mobility
paradigm represented by MaaS (Mobility as a Service). Effective and sustainable management of urban
transportation activities and services plays an important role within the city to reduce environmental impacts
and improve the quality of life for citizens. For the second issue of TeMA Journal, volume n.16, this Review
Notes section offers a literature overview on the main aspects of MaaS and its impact on the urban mobility
system. It analyzes the potential sustainability benefits of using MaaS in the urban context by citing some
interesting and significant journals and books which delved into the topic.


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Author Biography

Annunziata D'Amico, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

She is an engineer, Ph.D. student in Civil Systems Engineering at Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering of University of Naples Federico II. Currently, her Ph.D. research concerns the topic of urban mobility.


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How to Cite
D’AmicoA. (2023). New frontiers for sustainable mobility: MaaS (Mobility as a Service). TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 16(2), 455-460.