Vermont Agency of Transportation (VT)
OCT 2016 – JUN 2017
The Vermont Agency of Transportation will fund a statewide transit trip planner that will enable flex-route, hail-a-ride, and other non-fixed-route services to be incorporated in mobility apps. The project is part of the FY 2016 Mobility on Demand Sandbox (MOD) Grant Program.
FindMyRidePA is a one-call, one-click center and real-time transportation service serving a three-county area in central Pennsylvania. Keystone Health, Family Health, Smart Transit, & rabbittransit. The project is part of the FY 2016 Rides to Wellness Demonstration and Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grant Program.
DART integrates ride-sharing services into its GoPass ticketing app to solve first and last mile issues. This project will combine traveler applications to create an integrated, multimodal application that leverages ride-sharing services. The project is part of the FY 2016 Mobility on Demand Sandbox (MOD) Grant Program.
Carpool to Transit (CA)
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) will receive funding for an integrated carpool to transit program that will help users find carpool matches as well as match them to their transit destinations. The project will provide a seamless way to reserve and pay for in-demand parking spaces at BART stations, allow preferential parking for carpoolers while increasing transit ridership by improving access to BART stations. The software will include ways to identify drivers with wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The project is part of the FY 2016 Mobility on Demand Sandbox (MOD) Grant Program.
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (OR)
TriMet will build on its existing trip planning app to incorporate shared use mobility options and more sophisticated functionality and interfaces, including data sharing for shared-use mobility providers. The project is part of the FY 2016 Mobility on Demand Sandbox (MOD) Grant Program
Valley Metro Rail of Phoenix received funding for RideKick, a smart phone mobility platform that integrates mobile ticketing and multimodal trip planning. The network includes a range of mobility providers, including ride-hailing, bike sharing, and car-sharing companies, allowing all levels of income, age and people with disabilities to have access to an integrated, connected multimodal transportation system. The project was part of the FY 2016 Mobility on Demand Sandbox (MOD) Grant Program.
Caltrain Mobile (CA)
Caltrain commuter rail, San Carlos, CA, launched its official mobile ticketing app Feb. 10. The app was designed by moovel North America LLC, is available for both iOS and Android operating systems, and allows riders to purchase and activate a variety of fare media from their smartphones.
The Caltrain app includes a Trip Tools option that allows riders to access the system’s website for schedules and link up with ticketing apps for the neighboring San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority systems, whose apps are also designed by moovel.
OCTA E-Fare (CA)
INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc. recently launched a system-wide e-fare project for the Orange County (CA) Transportation Authority (OCTA). OCTA’s modernization to e-fare began with a mobile ticketing app and the implementation of INIT fare validators on more than 530 fixed-route buses. With OC BUS MOBILE, riders can now scan a QR code from their smartphones on the INIT validators to pay for fares when boarding.
SEPTA Mobile App (PA)
In Philadelphia, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) recently (Feb 2018) introduced a new version of its official app for Apple and Android devices that can be customized to allow users a more personal experience. The app now allows users to “favorite” frequent trips to access next vehicle arrival information and consolidates service advisories, detours and weather information on a single page.
SEPTA also updated its TrainView page, which provides visual location updates for SEPTA Regional Rail trains approximately every 30 seconds and also can be accessed from the system’s website.
VVTA Mobile Ticketing App (CA)
The Victor Valley Transit Authority, Hesperia, CA, recently (Feb. 2018) introduced updated mobile apps for Apple and Android that enable passengers to plan trips, track buses in real time and view route maps and schedules. The apps, developed by Syncromatics, feature a live map that offers announcements and passenger alerts in real time and soon will also include text message updates.
Santa Clarita Mobile App (CA)
Santa Clarita (CA) Transit recently (Feb. 2018) launched a mobile ticketing app from Token Transit, which allows riders to purchase tickets and passes with their smartphones. The app also allows users to store account information for added convenience.
HART HyperLINK (FL)
Phillip St. Pierre
HART’s HyperLINK is a first/last mile solution that is fully ADA accessible and designed as a shared-ride service, which reduces transit’s impact on the environment. Based on research, residents who have more accessibility to public transit will take advantage of it.
The door-to-bus smartphone app (also available through call center) makes booking and catching a ride on HyperLINK as easy as possible. Need to connect to HART? It’s a just a $1 to connect to a designated HART stop, within the zone. Or, if you need to connect ANYWHERE within the zone, pay just $3!
Each ride is payable by cash or credit, so you can pay how you want to pay. Near the end of your journey, book a ride home and a driver will meet you at the bus stop.
HART hopes this new feature will make trips more convenient and accessible to residents in select locations.
Request for Information – Mobile Ticketing – Dayton RTA (OH)
RTA in order to provide high quality, accessible services to its customers, is looking to replace its existing cash and magnetic tickets-based Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system with a new electronic payments solution. The payments solution will be an integral part of a MaaS platform planned for the Greater Dayton region, which may span a minimum of 9 counties. This solution must provide customers with an easy-to-use, open and integrated payment platform, connecting along all mobility modes identified in the region. Mobility modes include, but are not limited to fixed route transit, demand response (including ADA complementary paratransit) transit, human services transportation, ridesharing services, taxis, transit network companies (TNC), bike share(B-Cycle), parking meters and garages. The report, Final Memo- Mobility as a Service Concept, provided along with this Request for Letters of Interest highlights key elements of the MaaS concept Dayton is planning to implement.
RFP: KCATA – On Call Innovative Service Model Research (KS,MO)
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is the regional transit authority in the Kansas City metropolitan area. KCATA is requesting proposals from a qualified and experience firm(s) to provide on-call services in the areas of innovative service model research, planning, crowd-sourcing/hackathon management, implementation and evaluation services.
Valley Metro + Waymo announce technology & transit partnership (AZ)
Valley Metro and Waymo joined forces to introduce a new partnership that will help drive the future of transportation. Using Waymo’s self-driving vehicle technology, Valley Metro will participate in an innovative travel solution pilot that can be modeled across the country. Visit their website to learn more about the partnership
DART Expands Customer Connectivity Options with Digital Kiosks (TX)
With a continued focus on enhancing customer Mobility as a Service (MaaS) opportunities, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is contracting with Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP to develop a smart media and communications digital platform which will include the deployment of content-rich kiosks at strategic high-traffic locations throughout the DART network. Learn more here
Universal Mobility as a Service: A bold vision for harnessing the opportunity for disruption
Transit provides important connections for the more than 100 million nondrivers in the United States (including the one in five older adults who do not drive), according to the AARP. Still, many of these nondrivers do not have sufficient mobility options. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) offers potential solutions to the accessibility concerns that Americans with disabilities, lower-income Americans, and older Americans have. Public transportation will continue to serve as the backbone of any future MaaS networks that adequately provide services to those with greater mobility needs. New mobility services that do not work in concert with public transit services run the risk of segmenting ridership based on income and leaving lower-income travelers behind. Look into AARP’s new report, Universal Mobility as a Service: A Bold Vision for Harnessing the Opportunity of Disruption, for more details.