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Truck It

Staffing agencies run vanpools from their offices to job sites, increasing revenue in exchange for guaranteeing consistent job attendance.

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Problem:

Poor transit access to remote job sites prevents reliable attendance for laborers, which also hurts staffing agencies


Solution:

Staffing agencies operate vanpools from their offices to the job sites, increasing their commissions in exchange for providing consistent attendance to employers

- Employee arrives at local staffing agency

- Staffing agency pays for the transport (could mitigate costs by having one of the employees be the driver)

- Employer pays insurance and an increased agency commission

- Employee must stay on the job 90 days or wages are garnished to cover costs


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

New hires, staffing agencies, and employers utilizing staffing agencies

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

This prototype was developed by the Hamilton team from Pittsburgh's Mobiliti co-design workshop. The team includes Shannon, Sidney, Nathalie, Preeti and Jama -- 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)

4 vans + drivers (or employees agreeing to drive in order to keep costs down.) Number of participating staffing agencies would be dependent upon their available labor pool. - Needs include a staffing agency coordinator

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

- Employers’ saved costs on retention & training (current estimated annual turnover cost for one lost construction worker = $4,000, with 25% turnover rate) - Increase in employment rate - Increase in customers & revenues for staffing agencies

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Photo of Matt Beck
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Hi Mitch,

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 staffing agency specific shuttles to sites before/after/in-between typical business commuting hours (such as construction jobs that typically start and end early than office jobs). You can see our submission here: https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/pittsburgh/refine/squire-wi-fi-enabled-comfortable-point-to-point-commuter-transit/comments#comments-section

Would love to hear your thoughts!
Matt

Photo of Mitch Turck
Team

Good thought Matt -- this idea was submitted on behalf of a working group during a co-design workshop hosted by Boston Consulting Group and the city of Pittsburgh, aimed to solve for the labor shortage by giving low-access residents supplemental transit options and showing employers the ROI of directly investing in those options.

I can say the local residents' input at the event revealed a lot of demand for shuttle options such as Squire (price point notwithstanding).

I'd be happy to connect you with the cross-functional team that developed this idea. I'll point them here to sign up and get a conversation going, but you should also ping me via my profile's email address so I can make a direct connection.

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