Pool has been developed with the average Michigan resident in mind. We’ve created a mobile application to allow commuters to match with others based on their recurring weekly schedule (think work, school, church, etc.). Users decide their carpooling schedule based on starting and ending addresses, days of the week, and time departing/arriving to/from their destination. Once a driver and rider match, the driver picks up the rider based on their set schedule, and the rider pays the driver based on total mileage directly through the app to avoid cash transactions. The price point of the service is comparable to the cost of a monthly bus pass in Detroit assuming a 13 mile average commute (per MDOT), and therefore much cheaper than ridesharing services like Lyft or Uber. This means an affordable transportation method for riders, and some supplemental income for the drivers. Pool drivers are only driving other users that have similar schedules/destinations to their own daily/weekly commutes, rather than 'taxiing' passengers like other ridesharing companies, which enables the lower costs to make the rides affordable on a long-term basis for riders. Not only do we want this to be the most affordable transportation solution, but it will also be the most convenient option, by far. The prices are comparable to public transportation, but the convenience of door-to-door service as well as daily time savings are both significant. The creators of Pool understand the importance of public transportation, but also understand the difficulty in establishing public transportation systems that are currently lacking in the City of Detroit and throughout Michigan. This application leverages existing capital (cars already owned and operated by citizens) which makes this solution quick and easy to deploy.
As seen in the Meeting minutes from the community feedback session (see attachment) “better public transportation/new transportation/anti-congestion” was ranked as the #3 most important to ‘create’ in Corktown according to locals. Our solution is not only meeting that need, but also exceeding it. Our product allows for social and economic mobility since transportation is a large barrier for many activities that car owners take for granted. Some of our use cases include carpooling to work that may be outside of our current bus system, to school (which can be for local K-12 schools but also for college/university), and to social events like sporting events or the casino. Moreover, all of these cases are located directly in our impact area (Burton International Academy, Ford Motor Co, Detroit Public Safety Academy, Most Holy Trinity School, Motor City Casino, DSDT, local churches, etc. - FYI, we call these 'orgs' or 'organizations' throughout this proposal). In addition to our direct impact area, our solution supports inter-community travel as well. Within a short radius of our impact area we have important locations including DTE Energy Headquarters, WCC, Cass Tech, Little Caesars Arena, Western International HS, Detroit Collegiate Prep, etc. Our product can provide an important connection to all of these areas which can support career opportunities outside of our established public transit network.