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Third award for HiTrans for ground-breaking transport project Go-Hi for the Highlands and Islands


By Val Sweeney

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The award-winning Go-Hi app is helping the travelling public in the Highlands and Islands.
The award-winning Go-Hi app is helping the travelling public in the Highlands and Islands.

A pioneering transport accessibility app for the Highlands and Islands has picked up a third award.

The Go-Hi Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) project aims to improve accessibility to transport services for residents and visitors in the region.

The GoHi.app provides instant access to information on buses, trains, taxis, car hire, car clubs, bicycle hire, air travel and ferries, allowing users to plan their journeys and find, book and pay for all modes of transport in one place.

The scheme has been driven by HiTrans, the region's strategic transport partnership, which was presented with the Shared Mobility Award at the annual City Transport and Traffic Innovation (CiTTi) Awards Ceremony in London.

The category was open to local authorities, transport operators and partnerships in the United Kingdom using technology and innovation to manage multiple forms of transport in more efficient, resilient and sustainable ways and encouraging the take-up of greener transport modes.

Judges commended HiTran, working in partnership with FOD, for creating a "hugely impressive" app for helping the travelling public "in a landscape of fragmented and sparse public transport services".

Councillor Allan Henderson, the then chairman of HiTrans, launches the app in 2021.
Councillor Allan Henderson, the then chairman of HiTrans, launches the app in 2021.

HiTrans partnership director, Ranald Robertson, was delighted that the ground-breaking app was being widely recognised for the value it was providing to the travelling public in the Highlands and Islands.

"The technology is helping Scotland to become an international leader in smart mobility by supporting digital innovation and offering good practice in the application of MaaS for other similar regions," he said.

Go-Hi has also also been recognised at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards in Inverness, winning the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Award for Excellence in Innovation.

It was also judged to be the Most Innovative Transport Project of the Year at the annual Scottish Transport Awards in Glasgow.


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