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Las Vegas incorporates bike-share and transit payment into single app

By merging transit and bike-share into one experience with Transit, riders can plan a multi-modal trip, purchase a transit pass, and unlock a bike with just a few taps.

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 RTC hopes the combined option will introduce new audiences to bike-share.
RTC hopes the combined option will introduce new audiences to bike-share.

Las Vegas has integrated its bike-share and transit systems into a single account and app, making it “easier than ever” for people to get around the area without having to drive.

 

By merging transit and bike-share into one experience with Transit, riders can plan a multi-modal trip, purchase a transit pass, and unlock a bike with just a few taps.

 

Transit payment systems

 

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) claims Las Vegas is the first city in the US to integrate its bike-share and transit payment systems into one app.

 

According to RTC, one in five already use Transit every day and previously had access to route information, real-time transit countdowns, bus crowding information, and transit passes in the app. Bike-share has seen increased popularity during the pandemic and RTC sought to bring the services together, creating a combined option that introduces new audiences to bike-share.

 

The new offering means RTC riders can also buy bike-share passes, locate and unlock bikes with their Transit account for its 21-station, 150-bike system to reach a final destination. RTC reports riders have paid for more than 65,000 trips with Transit since it launched ticketing in the app in January 2020.

“What happened in Vegas shouldn’t stay there: we’re already cooking up plans with our public transit partners across the country to integrate bike-share, scooters, and on-demand services into their own transit networks”

The technology behind this first-of-its-type integration in the US is the result of collaboration led by the RTC between Transit, bikeshare operator Bicycle Transit Systems, and BCycle, which provides bike-share hardware and technology. It builds upon the existing integration of RTC’s public transit fare products in Transit using the Justride SDK from Masabi, the company that powers mobile ticketing for the agency.

 

“We are proud to be the first transit agency in the US to fully integrate both bike share and transit passes in a single app,” said MJ Maynard, chief executive officer of RTC. “Providing this additional multimodal option is just another way we are meeting our community’s evolving transportation needs.”

 

In addition to RTC of Southern Nevada, riders can use their Transit account to purchase fares for more than 30 transit systems across the US and Canada, including: AC Transit in the San Francisco Bay Area; RTD in Denver; Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica; Metro in Cincinnati; and the ARTM in Montreal.

“This collaboration is the result of a public transit agency deciding to forge a new path for the future of transportation”

The app also provides bike-share payments and unlocking for six systems, including Bixi in Montreal and MoGo in Detroit.

 

“This collaboration is the result of a public transit agency deciding to forge a new path for the future of transportation,” added Jake Sion, chief operating officer at Transit.

 

“Nevadans are getting mobility at the press of a button in Transit. What happened in Vegas shouldn’t stay there: we’re already cooking up plans with our public transit partners across the country to integrate bike-share, scooters, and on-demand services into their own transit networks.”

 

RTC is the transit authority, designated metropolitan planning organisation, regional traffic management agency and administrator of the Southern Nevada Strong comprehensive regional plan for the Las Vegas valley. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors.

 

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