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Detroit and Atlanta transit agencies win accelerator event

Quality of submissions demonstrates agency-owned flexible transit services are gaining strong momentum nationwide

The Mayor wants to make Detroit easier, safer and more affordable to get around
The Mayor wants to make Detroit easier, safer and more affordable to get around

The Office of Mobility Innovation in the City of Detroit and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) have jointly been named winners in the inaugural MicroTransit Accelerator Challenge.


The challenge, held by TransLoc, a technology provider of flexible, agency-owned microtransit solutions, sought to identify the US’s most visionary municipal transit agencies. Their reward is to be provided with the expertise, planning resources, data analytics and predictive modelling to help stimulate demand-driven, flexible transit in the communities they serve.


Entries from more than 15 states were evaluated by a panel including world-class public transportation and smart city experts, Gabe Klein and Peter Hirshberg, judging each entry against any of four criteria: increased ridership, social and community value, environmental impact and improved efficiency.


Due to a high volume of high-quality submissions, TransLoc changed the parameters of the competition, selecting two first place winners and three second place winners.


“The transportation industry is experiencing a major expansion of demand-driven transit modes to complement and augment traditional fixed route transit services,” said Doug Kaufman, CEO, TransLoc.


“Transit agencies, industry experts and riders are recognising that ride-hailing options aren’t helping solve transportation’s biggest challenges the way microtransit can and does.”


Second place winners were:

  • Lane Transit in Lane County, Oregon
  • Pace Bus in the metropolitan Chicago area
  • Airport Corridor Transportation Association (ACTA)

“Mayor Duggan’s vision for mobility is to make it easier, safer, and more affordable to get around Detroit. One of the ways we will accomplish this is integrating new types of services and technologies with our traditional DDOT bus service,” added Mark de la Vergne, chief of mobility innovation, Detroit.


“We are excited to work with the team at TransLoc on our next steps towards this initiative.”


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