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As we move to an electronic BRT system in Indy, put escooters on charging docks on the back of the buses. include plugs for ebike and phones

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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.


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Photo of MaCie' Moore

Hey Frank Merritt this is MaCie' one of the facilitators here. Thank you for participating in the challenge! This is a super interesting concept! The collaboration between scooters and indygo would be ideal for connectivity within the city. Which ways do you think would be best for addressing some disparities in regards to access to credit cards, income. etc? Also how would you imagine this collaboration working best?

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MaCie', good questions. In conversation with other current riders the question of access to purchase bus passes needs to be a priority for IndyGo and help address the lack of opportunities for riders. A partnership with entities like Kroger, Walgreens and CVS would be an excellent way to overcome such access issues. In a perfect world, I would see a mobility pass or a "INDYGOBILITY" if you would that allows access to Bus, Escooter, Bikeshare and Blue Indy electric cars. The loading of "credits" at a local grocery or convenience store would solve most issues and overcome such obstacles as lack of smart phone or CC. When I purchase gas at a Kroger gas station, I am asked if I would like a car wash. In my mind, the concept would be similar. I believe our leaders can do more to incentivise use of public transportation or on the opposite, decentivise single car use to help eliminate parking, road repair and traffic issues.

Photo of MaCie' Moore

Frank Merritt Yes I really like this concept of "INDYGOBILITY" and an all around mobility pass that would allow users to access multiple forms of mobility throughout the city! This also could address first and last mile issues with transit, and increase connectivity. I wonder if this model exist in other cites! Wonderful concept, thank you for answering my questions!

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