The report examined preliminary evaluation results from Cowlines integrates public transit (TransLink, West Coast Express and BC Transit), and private providers (Mobi bikes, Modo Car Coop, False Creek Ferries, Aquabus Ferries and taxicabs) in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Greenlines launched an invite-only private beta from March 5th to March 31st, 2018. During this period, anyone visiting the app's website was able to sign up for free and receive an invite via email to download the Cowlines app in testing mode. Over 400 individuals signed up to test the app. The pilot covered the Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley regions in British Columbia, Canada. During the pilot, Cowlines integrated public and private transport providers which provide coverage to over 80 percent of the journeys in the region.
- Users saved an average 52 percent of CO2 emissions compared to equivalent private vehicle trips when using the app. The average user reduced their carbon footprint by 2 kg CO2 per trip.
- Combining different transport modes (e.g. taxi and bus, bikeshare and bus, etc.) regularly delivered up to 40 percent faster travel times than single-mode applications.
- Users reported using their private vehicles less after becoming aware of alternative transportation options.