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Metro: How are agencies making service changes in the wake of coronavirus?

These days, browsing through any transit agency site will tell you one basic truth: everything is changing quickly. Two weeks ago, agencies began posting notices about increased sanitation measures, and a week later there was a deluge of announcements: service changes, more service changes, backdoor boarding, no fares, and more. And when this is over (and I believe coronavirus will be over), these same service changes will need to be reversed gradually, creating more flux.
Covid-19 contingencies

SmartCitiesDive: How to adapt public transit to COVID-19 contingencies

Public transit has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in cities around the world. While the impact has been extensive – ridership has declined as much as 90% for some services — the radically altered position of public transit goes beyond economics; it actually turns some of our core beliefs about transit on their heads.
Will MaaS change

Mass Transit: Why MaaS Will Change How Transportation Providers Use Technology

Mobility as a Service, better known as MaaS, for all its four-words-made-into-one, is actually not one service or one application. Full blown MaaS will be made of several distinct and separate moving parts and in its wake, the technology driving today’s transportation providers will morph into something entirely different. But before we go there, let’s discuss what MaaS is.
Roland Berger

Roland Berger: Overcoming the chasm between travel and urban mobility through development of single-source mobility

For travelers, it is unnecessarily complicated to move around cities. Every urban area uses specific systems, applications, and customer interfaces. An overarching mobility platform, including urban mobility and travel products, is a feasible solution. It is also a chance for innovative mobility providers to catch intercity travelers as new customers. We interviewed three startups that…

GovTech: The 2020 GovTech 100: Investors Bet Big on Gov Tech

Five years ago, Government Technology saw something happening: Civic tech was changing. Fueled by new technologies, modern methodologies and a sudden interest from investors, startups were beginning to work more with government. In a space long dominated by incumbents, notorious for complex procurement and implementation cycles, agencies were hungering for something new.

Wired: Cities Struggle to Boost Ridership With ‘Uber for Transit’ Schemes

Since September, commuters using Shanghai’s Number 9 bus route have had a new way of catching a ride. Rather than stand at a designated stop, they open a smartphone app and book a ride to wherever they’re going. The service, provided by Alibaba, takes those reservations into account and calculates where the bus should go, using the company’s…
Predictions 2020

Metro: 5 predictions for public transportation in 2020

The mobility space is on the move; in recent years it has been changing at a far quicker pace than in the past several decades. Many interesting things are happening on multiple fronts — cities are debating how to accommodate new forms of mobility and their impact, how to better manage street and curb space, and whether and what they should regulate.
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