The Global Mobility Report (GMR), produced by independent transport research organizations in the UK and the US, sets out a methodology for gauging transportation mobility progress towards achieving sustainable mobility. The report offers an overview of key issues, followed by a description of the methodology. Following is a general overview of the report’s key points, then some points concerning its recommendations and finally some concluding thoughts.
The first main topic of the global mobility report is to describe the need for a system-wide view of mobility. The report identifies five themes that need to be assessed as part of a policy and strategic framework to help achieve sustainable mobility. The topics are defined as:
a. Maintaining the Current Prevalence of the Road Network – this is the theme most associated with the global mobility report. Maintaining the current network of roads across the world will ensure that people can easily move from one place to another. This is a first-ever theme that emphasizes the need for a multi-nationally approach to improve the efficiency of the road network. A multi-national approach is needed because no single piece of infrastructure can maintain the current state of the road network due to the proliferation of individual road building plans and projects.
b. Measuring progress made toward achieving the stated objectives – the second theme found in the global mobility report. The measurement of progress made toward reaching the set objectives provides a valuable insight into the actual effectiveness of the transport sector in terms of managing the supply chains and identifying the drivers of productivity growth.
c. Evaluating Investments Made – the third theme focused in the global mobility report. Evaluating the investments made toward achieving the set objectives is vital because it allows the transportation sector to evaluate its internal mechanisms, aligning future plans with current objectives. Moreover, evaluating investments helps to monitor the performance of management teams, identify gaps between plans and goals, and track the progress made toward achieving key targets. This saves the organization from making a series of mistakes that could have been prevented. Likewise, it also helps to understand whether the objectives of the organization are within reach or whether significant changes are required to achieve the set objectives.
These are just some of the key findings discussed in the global mobility report. This document, together with the SDGs, provides a strategic vehicle for managing the transport system. This strategic vehicle should be flexible enough to allow for the different transformations that organizations experience as they strive to improve their processes and strengthen their capacity to respond to external factors that affect their bottom line. It is therefore important for managers to review the content regularly to ensure that it remains relevant and useful to the organizations and to the users. The SDGs have also served as the basis for many government programs and initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency of the public and private sectors. These initiatives include financing tools, technical policies, and guidelines for service improvement.