In November 2011, the City of Lavasa published a
Call for Solutions as part of our LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future program.
Citymart.com helps cities define the problem statement, which for Lavasa was entitled
“Changing Private Car Use & Thought Patterns”, i.e. the mobility behavior in this
new-built city in India.
Our research team then actively sought out our solutions from all over
the world that could meet the challenge in a variety of different ways – such as
smart bus stops, ad-hoc public transport services, or real-time information. 82
solutions were submitted and the City of Lavasa appointed a jury presided over by the
City Manager and made up of key local stakeholders and international experts.
Using the evaluation tools provided on Citymart.com, and with input on climate change
impact by the World Bank and The Climate Group, Lavasa shortlisted 5 solutions for
a second round of evaluation. A detailed questionnaire formed the basis of this
second round and, in May 2012, Skybus, a solution from Madrid, was announced in Rio
Skybus commenced work with Lavasa just 2 weeks later, finalizing preparations
to launch a pilot in Lavasa in November 2012.