As a City of Tomorrow, Pittsburgh must address the transit challenges of not just their daytime commuters, but also their off-shift commuters. Often invisible, underrepresented and undercounted, night shift workers are a vital part of Pittsburgh’s booming economy. Women work the night shift just as much as men, and this number is increasing. However, security and safety issues are the most influential factors for women’s mobility patterns. A study that came out of NYU just this month states that “The median extra transportation cost per month for women, due to safety reasons, is between $26 to $50.” On top of that, the National Sleep Foundation recommends shift workers take alternate transportation as opposed to driving themselves home, like taking public transportation or arranging to have someone pick them up at work because it is unsafe for them to get behind the wheel. Transportation for third shift workers is a public health concern. These compounding statistics highlight the need for safe and accessible transportation for the City’s female, night shift workers.
Furthermore, two of ONEPGH’s stated stresses are unequal access to transportation and unequal access to employment. Vision Zero is a stated goal of the City as well. Safe Shift takes direct action to achieve a “resilience dividend” by relieving these chronic stresses and works toward removing night shift operators from driving with one activity by creating safe, accessible, and convenient transit at night.
Safe Shift will mobilize existing operators, in partnership with the Port Authority, used during the day for night time use to help third shift workers, specifically, women, get to and from work. The operators will provide a convenient microtransit service for employees without cars and incentivize those who have cars to leave them at home. Leveraging the Port Authority’s Access Vans, currently only used during the day, for night time service would provide ADA compliant service as well as reusing an existing asset.
In terms of sustainability, it is Safe Shift’s hope to operate in partnership with Port Authority and that the services provided to night shift workers will impact employee retention. Thus some of the dollars that employers save can underwrite part of the service. Additionally, *Moovit's multi-modal app, connects employees with the greater Port Authority transportation system. This has the added effect of promoting and enabling use of public transportation and does not detract anything from the existing transit ecosystem.
Moovit will provide the software including the following components:
- White label ap
- Multi-modal trip planner
- TimePro for real time information
- Communication tools
- Survey capabilities
The data collected via the app will provide crucial information about the travel patterns of night shift workers & support the analytics to optimize routes. This information is not available in scale and not for specific Pittsburgh populations.
*Our solution will be based on Moovit’s award winning app (https://moovit.com/). Moovit is the world's largest urban mobility data and analytics company and the #1 transit app. Moovit simplifies your urban mobility all around the world, making getting around town via transit easier and more convenient. By combining information from public transit operators and authorities with live information from the user community, Moovit offers travelers a real-time picture, including the best route for the journey. Named Best Local App by Google in 2016 and one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2017, Moovit launched in 2012 and surpassed 200 million users in five years. Moovit provides Mobility as a Service (MaaS) products to governments, municipalities, private employers and transit authorities to help them improve urban mobility and increase riders’ satisfaction around the world.