Indianapolis is a test market for e-scooters. With a 3rd vendor coming into the game, let's be a little more proactive and deliberate about transportation. When one thinks of e-scooters as a mode of transportation, connecting them with transit opportunities seems logical. Our possibility to put Indianapolis on the leading edge of transit starts with thinking of these newest additions holistically and not just as a fun option. Placing docked charging stations on the E-buses opens a whole new world to transit. Here are some of the positives
1. Unclutters the streets- By placing dedicated stations near bus stops and on buses, we are providing "last mile" solutions to the transit user WHILE clearing up some of the obstacles left on sidewalks and paths.
2. Funding Source-Move the charging income paid to independent scooter chargers to IndyGo. This helps sustain a transit system that struggles to reach our city.
3. Increase ridership- The addition of front end and "last mile" options with charged scooters, bikes and phones attracts business riders that don't have time for the addition 10-20 walk to work after being dropped off at last bus stop.
4. Efficiency- Opportunity to reduce stops on routes due to range of scooters. Keeps buses on time, reduces frustration for users who are multiple connectors and would save money on added infrastructure, gas and enable more future expansion to under-served areas. Potential for integrated transportation system.
5. Increase longevity of scooters- By being out of the elements, we create a longer lifespan of product which also reduces costs.
6. Keeps Indianapolis on the leading Edge of technological advances and efficiencies as we think differently on how we integrate our BRT and improve before we launch. Test phases for Red line and potential expansion on future routes.