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Last Mile Transit

Safe alternative transit stations for communities on nights and weekends.

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This solution proposes adding safe stations for hyper-local alternative transportation options, such as May Mobility shuttles and Uber drivers. Partnering with Port Authority would allow riders to use their connect cards to benefit from incentives or company benefits with organizations such as Wage Works.

Riders would be able to use and access these facilities through community volunteering. Companies may also give charitable donations to support their local communities and provide safer transit options over the weekend and at night when public transit is more limited.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Riders (individuals, groups, and families) who are traveling during the weekend and later at night.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

This prototype was developed during Pittsburgh's Mobiliti co-design workshop. The team includes Shailyn, Keller, Alten, Brett, and Ahyama -- a cross-functional group of transit technologists, local residents, employers and civil leaders who worked through a human-centered design process over the course of two days to create this prototype. These teammates are accessible by email and can provide further detail on the concept.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Initially limited to one or two stations in a single community with outreach to local companies and organizations to stimulate involvement and awareness.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Ridership at these new stations would be analyzed, alongside community involvement of the new riders. - Feedback and outreach with riders to understand perceived benefits and drawbacks of this service. - Compare ridership for the new stands against traditional solutions, such as Port Authority, zTrip and potentially Uber/Lyft. And determine if trips are added (and what kind) with safe and reliable alternatives.

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Hi Stephen,

Our submission for our company Squire, which provides wi-fi enabled shuttles to commuters could potentially join with your submission given the opportunity to work together in the next stage. Our shuttles provide transit for commuters on week days during typical morning/evening commute time. This means our vehicles and drivers are available to re-deploy for other uses like safe, alternative transit on nights and weekends. You can see our submission here:

Would love to hear your thoughts!

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