The Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP) is a multi-city, multi-year initiative, started by WRI India and Toyota Mobility Foundation, that works with metro agencies to enable multimodal integration of transportation modes in Indian cities.
As India’s rapidly growing urban centers invest in metro rail systems for more efficient and sustainable transportation, STAMP facilitates ease of access for seamless, door-to-door movement of commuters.
Initiated in Bengaluru in 2017, the program deploys a four-step data-driven process that involves the identification of existing gaps in access and connectivity through passenger surveys, with the outcome of on-ground pilot implementation of selected solutions.
Till date, STAMP has conducted the program in four cities across India, with more to come.
The STAMP Process
A first-of-its-kind initiative, STAMP brings together public and private partnership to enable innovative solutions in the mobility space.
Often, transport services operate independently with little collaboration between stakeholders. Lack of dialogue between public transit agencies and private mobility providers can lead to an under-developed ecosystem for innovation and a less than optimal experience for commuters.
A proactive approach is needed to ensure that investments in mass transit translate to more people using public transport, and new mobility services have the potential to support this objective.
STAMP provides the testing platform for this collaborative model, catalyzing on-ground change through the demonstration of promising solutions.
Working with the government brings together different stakeholder groups to promote innovation through collaboration. The government agency serves as a regulator that can provide data and can act as a changemaker to enable public private participation (PPP).
To ensure that STAMP achieves real-world outcomes, the program is supplemented with mentorship and incubation. Each STAMP Challenge brings together a network of mentors to guide selected startups in building up their business. Mentors provide feedback on the viability of the business models, the value proposition and the service offers put forth by the teams in their proposals.
By working with the government at an early stage and understanding commuter pain points, more locally relevant solutions can be developed.
The STAMP Challenge is open to entrepreneurs, citizens’ groups, professionals, and students. The Challenge offers the winning proposals research grants, mentoring support, and an opportunity to run pilot operations at a selected metro station.
At the ecosystem level, STAMP creates a space for innovative partnerships between government
and entrepreneurs by demonstrating their potential.