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 First/Last Mile Solutions

RTD Denver partnering to create autonomous shuttle (CO) Spring 2019  TBD

The Regional Transportation District in Denver, CO​ formed a partnership with Colorado Department of Transportation and Panasonic to test an autonomous shuttle to help solve the region’s “last mile” commuting issues. The shuttle will take passengers from Pena Station to nearby office buildings or bus stops starting as early as spring 2018.

CTA and Divvy (IL)Ongoing TBD

​CTA will receive funding for a project that will incorporate the local bike sharing company, Divvy, a 580 station bike share service, into CTA's existing transit trip planning app so users can identify the availability of bikes or docking stations near their transit stops, and pay for bike rentals.​ The project is part of the FY 2016 Mobility on Demand Sandbox (MOD) Grant Program.

Go Centennial Pilot (CO) AUG 2016 - FEB 2017N/A

​The Go Centennial pilot​ was a public-private partnership between the City of Centennial, CH2M, the Denver South Transportation Management Association (DSTMA)/Southeast Public Improvement Metropolitan District (SPIMD), Lyft, Via Mobility Services (Via) and Xerox (Conduent) to address the first and last mile problem – how to get travelers to and/or from transit stations. This model applied an on-demand, demand-responsive mobile platform to provide efficient transportation connections to and from the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Dry Creek Light Rail Station in Centennial, Colorado.

West Salem Connector On-Demand Transit Project (OR)Ongoing (began JUN 2015)Matt Berggren

Looking to solve the first-and last-mile issue, Cherriots began operating the West Salem Connector on June 1, 2015 as a pilot project in Salem, OR. 

The West Salem Connector is a reservation-based, shared-ride transit service which runs Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.. When riders book trips online or by calling, the booking software automatically generates a trip manifest. That information is then relayed to the bus drivers via on-board tablets. Drivers pick up and drop off riders in a 14-passenger cutaway bus on a route that changes every hour based on demand.

The only scheduled element of the system is at Glen Creek Transit Center, where the bus lays over for ten minutes once an hour. This is where riders can transfer to frequent bus service to downtown Salem, as well as walk onto the bus without a reservation. APTA members can access a presentation on the pilot project here. ​

Carpool to Transit (CA) OngoingTBD

​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.​

HART HyperLINK (FL)OngoingPhillip 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.

RFP: KCATA - On Call Innovative Service Model Research (KS,MO)April 2018 Denise Adams

​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.

Rabbittransit - Geisinger Unveils New Transportation Program (PA)April - December 2018 Rich Farr

Geisinger Health System is partnering with Rabbittransit, a regional transportation company that operates in 10 counties in central and southcentral Pennsylvania: Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York. Through its partnerships, Rabbittransit can arrange patient transport in additional counties in Geisinger’s coverage area including Luzerne, Lycoming, Schuylkill and Lackawanna.

The pilot program will be conducted in two locations: the Scranton area, within 25 miles, to test an urban setting, and the Danville area, within 50 miles, to test a rural setting.
Pierce County/Lyft Agreement (WA)OngoingN/A
Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) Announces On-Demand Self-Driving Car Service on Public Roads in TexasJuly 2018 (Ongoing) Kristina Holcomb

​This pilot program is a model for the deployment of self-driving vehicles in a public setting, one of the first of its kind in the nation, and a major step forward for the industry.’s self-driving on-demand service will be operated in conjunction with Frisco TMA, a public-private partnership dedicated to bringing innovative last-mile transportation options to the growing population of Frisco, Texas. The Frisco TMA includes the City of Frisco, HALL Group, Frisco Station Partners, The Star, and the Denton County Transportation Authority, which will administer the program.Read more here >>​ 

Valley Metro + Waymo announce technology & transit partnership (AZ)ongoingRob Antoniak
​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 >>​ 
Bicycle and Transit Integration: A practical transit agency guide to bicycle integration and equitable mobilityN/ADan Suraci

​This guide represents a series of recommended best practices and solutions for facilitating bicycle integration with transit services, and is informed by the experiences of a diverse variety of transit agencies across North America. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to transit agencies and municipalities seeking to facilitate active first/last mile connections to transit, reduce congestion and promote healthy communities. Optimal strategies for integrating bicycles with transit are context-driven, based on an agency’s mode(s), ridership, geography, regulatory environment and other place-based factors. To address this variability, each section of this document is organized with a common structure that includes a decision-making framework to guide planners and policy makers through the process of evaluating their specific conditions and tailoring strategies to meet those needs. Included are case studies, useful tips, tested strategies and definitions, as well as recommended methodologies for data collection and other resources. Whether just beginning to address bicycle ridership or exploring options to increase existing service, every transit system is situated within a unique community and reg ulatory context. ​Read the guide >> ​

Automated Buses: Fantasy or Reality?Oct 2018APTA

A presentation for the Florida Public Transportation Association on Automated Buses. The presentation offers questions to think about regarding bus transit automation as well as examples of projects. View the presentation here >>​

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