Ensuring equitable public transport in rural areas

Watch this webinar, in partnership with Liftango, to hear speakers from the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership, the Highlands and Island Transport Partnership and Liftango discuss how to improve access with convenient and affordable demand-responsive public transport.

Listen to this webinar to hear from South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) and Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) members as they embark on regional rollouts of Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) services. Registrations will learn how to maximise available funding and improve access with convenient and affordable demand-responsive public transport.

HITRANS’ Neil MacRae will discuss:

  • Why DRT for the Highlands and Islands?
  • Multi-tenented DRT service design
  • Service roll-out plan and technology partner.

Julie Vinders, from SEStran, will consider:

  • How DRT will play a role across the PT network
  • Integration with Mobility Hub and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) projects
  • How SESTRAN identified opportunities for DRT

 CEO & Co-Founder of Liftango, Kevin Orr, will discuss and explain:

  • How to maximise coverage with available funding
  • Configurable rule-based fixed-route integration of DRT


Kevin OrrKevin Orr, CEO & Co-Founder at Liftango

Passionate about building new technologies to tackle some of the biggest problems in our world, Kevin Orr is the CEO and Co-Founder of Liftango, a shared mobility startup that is helping to redesign public and corporate transport with on-demand technology. He started Liftango in 2015 with a simple goal to reduce the number of cars on the road, and has now built Liftango into one of the leading shared mobility startups in APAC.

Prior to Liftango, Kevin served as a business intelligence manager for a $10 billion investment fund. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Applied Mathematics and Post-Graduate Qualification in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

Neil MacRae Neil MacRae, Partnership Manager at the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership

Neil MacRae is currently Partnership Manager with HITRANS, having originally joined the Regional Transport Partnership for the Highlands and Islands in 2012. Working with five partner local authorities, HITRANS is charged with developing and delivering a strategy to improve transport infrastructure and services that serve the region. Neil’s remit currently includes responsibilities covering active travel, public transport, ferry and air. Neil has over 20 years of experience in the industry, having worked in a number of different transport planning roles prior to joining HITRANS.

Julie VindersJulie Vinders, Project Officer at the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership

Julie Vinders has a legal background and a keen interest in making a positive impact in society. She works as a project officer for SEStran, the Regional Transport Partnership for the South East of Scotland. Her projects focus on supporting sustainable mobility, public transport, active travel and shared mobility. Recently, she has been involved in setting up the GO SEStran project, for which the team secured £200,000 in funding from the Transport Scotland MaaS Investment Fund. The aim of the project is to launch a MaaS and DRT trial to address transport poverty and the lack of physical and digital integration of transport across the region.


Is the webinar free?
Yes – there is no charge to watch the webinar, either live or on-demand.

When will the webinar take place?
The webinar will be taking place on 10 March 2022 at 05:00 CST/ 10:00 GMT/ 11:00 CET.

Can I watch the webinar later?
The webinar will be available to watch on-demand shortly after the live broadcast takes place.

What are the benefits of attending live?
During the live webinar, you will be able to pose questions to the speakers, which will then be answered during the live Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

How long will the webinar be?
The live webinar will last for up to one hour.

Who will be moderating?
Leah Hockley, Editor, Intelligent Transport.

What do I need to watch this webinar?
All you need is a computer with an internet connection. It is advised to use headphones where possible for your own comfort.