Foundation's second program to address emerging transport issues in central city.
The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) announced its second program on June 10, which will be launched in Da Nang in July and address emerging transport issues in the rapidly growing mid-sized city.
“The Toyota Mobility Foundation develops innovative solutions that address a full range of mobility challenges facing communities around the globe by sharing our knowledge,” said Mr. Akio Toyoda, Chairman of the Board of TMF and President of Toyota Motor Corporation.
He added that as Da Nang adapts to its rapid population and economic growth, Toyota, together with its partners, including the Da Nang city government, aims to build a more joyful mobile society.
TMF will partner with the local government in Da Nang to develop a sustainable transport system that meets projected population growth estimates and mobility needs. As owning and driving a motor car becomes increasingly common, Da Nang is considered an entry point to the Indochina East-West Economic Corridor, which links Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.
The project, which will run for approximately three years, from July 2015 to March 2018, and have $2.9 million in investment, will address future urban plans and emerging transportation challenges by focusing on three areas:
- Introducing a community bus service to transport people within the government, education, and commercial district;
- Establishing a “Park and Ride” service; and
- Promoting shuttle buses to connect residential areas with the government, education, and commercial district.
Established in August 2014, TMF partners with non-profit organizations, research institutions, and other organizations to apply Toyota’s technological, safety and environmental expertise to mobility issues around the world. This includes addressing urban transport challenges, expanding personal mobility for all people, and inspiring the next generation of mobility solutions.