Measure the openness of Mobility as a Service or a city’s transport system

By Beate Kubitz, 23 Jun 2017  “Openness is key to developing scalable, sustainable Mobility as a Service models for the public good. This new tool enables closed and open elements to be identified – and the steps towards more openness to be quantified for the first time.” The TravelSpirit Index of Openness for MaaS is a simple and practical tool …

How TNCs and Transit are expanding partnerships

How TNCs and Transit are expanding partnerships and how transit agencies are proactively planning and preparing for the changes that are occurring, to minimize disruption and maximize the public benefit that can be achieved San Francisco Bay Area (SF City and County and MTC, Bay Area MPO) Although improved air quality and environmental impacts are benefits listed for MTC’s ride sharing …

Uber Movement

StateScoop – Platform Needs Some Work Before Government Can Get Excited – excerpt Boston Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge had when reviewing Uber Movement, the ride hailing company’s first attempt at an open data platform to help transportation planners and researchers: Uber’s new website, launched last month, presents visitors with a map to compare trip times between different sections of cities and do comparisons to see …

Mobility on Demand articles on TransitWiki MOD Grant Recipients Mobility on demand – The core of this grant program is mobility on demand, which involves using modern technology to create better transportation networks. Shared mobility and public transit – While shared mobility operators are major partners in MOD programs, transit agencies often worry these companies are dangerous competition. This article looks at …

Transit-TNC partnerships in Canada and the US Orlando are subsidizing Uber rides for first and last mile

The Verge, 1 Sept 2016 excerpt As Bloomberg noted in August 2016, both Uber and Lyft have been striking agreements with transit agencies, mostly for so-called “first-last mile” programs — meant to shuttle commuters to bus or train stations. Since last year, Uber has scored public transit agreements with San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, among other cities. Uber and Lyft …

Ridesourcing’s Impact and Role in Urban Transportation 

By Susan Shaheen, Nelson Chan, and Lisa Rayle, University of California, Berkeley | May. 30th, 2017 accessmagazine.org App-based, on-demand ride services—also known as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs)—have grown rapidly in recent years and caused debate in the passenger transportation industry. Advances in information and communication technology have enabled these services to provide a wide variety of real-time and demand-responsive trips. Companies such as Lyft, Uber, …

Finnish app Whim wants to be your one-stop urban mobility solution app . Driverless bus line coming to Helsinki this fall as regularly scheduled service

By Patrick SISSON on Curbed, OCT 11, 2016 A tram in Helsinki, Finland  As the CEO of a high-tech transportation startup, one that’s trying to get rid of private car ownership, Sampo Hietanen has a surprising idol: Henry Ford. “He introduced the dream of freedom of mobility,” said the Finnish entrepreneur, whose company, Maas Global (short for “mobility as a service”) is in the …