A Call To All Transit Agencies!

Enter to win a TransLoc MicroTransit Accelerator ($20,000 value)!

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Microtransit is quickly sprouting up at municipal transit agencies of all sizes across the country - from agency-owned first-mile/last-mile, demand-response ride-hailing, and much more. New and innovative thinking is driving transit solutions that weren’t possible a few short years ago.

Imagining what’s possible is just the start. At TransLoc, we want to help accelerate the growth of all forms of microtransit by offering agencies the right planning resources, data and insights to make these ideas a reality.

 



The TransLoc MicroTransit Accelerator Challenge

This is your opportunity to envision how microtransit can serve your community and win free comprehensive microtransit consultation and data analytics services. This includes free access and use of TransLoc’s MicroTransit Simulator, a highly advanced simulation engine that applies big data and sophisticated predictive modeling to uncover the most successful demand-response services before a single vehicle hitting road.

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is October 27, 2017.

Winners will be announced on November 17, 2017.

 

How Do You Enter?  

Simply Tell Us About Your Microtransit Challenge.

Whether it’s agency-owned first-mile/last-mile solutions, ride-hailing demand response, off-peak services, or your unique microtransit challenge, here’s your opportunity to enter your most creative or pressing microtransit use cases and win a complete bundle of game-changing microtransit planning services. 

To enter, please send a hard copy of this questionnaire via US Mail to "MicroTransit Accelerator Challenge, c/o Jess Lyons at TransLoc, 4505 Emperor Blvd. Suite 120, Durham, NC 27703" or submit via online application by clicking the button below. 

Have Questions?

Email: accelerator@transloc.com

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What You Can Win

Grand Prize - $20,000 value

The winning agency will receive:

  • MicroTransit Planning Session
    A full-day workshop facilitated by TransLoc MicroTransit Experts at your location
    This hands-on working session provides direct consultation with our Microtransit Pre-Planning Services team.
  • Data-Gathering Diagnostic Session
    A session with TransLoc’s expert data science team
    Our data scientists will work directly with your team to identify the key metrics that will make your vision a success. If your agency does not currently have data available, TransLoc data scientists will leverage industry benchmarks and other critical data from agencies similar to yours.
  • Custom MicroTransit Simulator Presentation
    A presentation and feedback session facilitated by TransLoc MicroTransit Experts
    The TransLoc MicroTransit team will present to your agency our findings based on the computer-generated microtransit simulations created using several key data sources. The team will present multiple scenarios optimized for rider experience and operational efficiencies with recommendations for making your microtransit service a reality.

(2) Runners-Up - $10,000 value

Two Runners-Up will be awarded the following:

  • Data-Gathering Diagnostic Session
    A session with TransLoc’s expert data science team
    Our data scientists work directly with your team to identify the metrics that are crucial to understand and analyze to make your vision a reality. If actual data is not available, our team will provide industry benchmarks and data from agencies similar to yours.
  • Custom MicroTransit Simulator Presentation
    A presentation and feedback session facilitated by TransLoc Microtransit Experts
    The TransLoc Microtransit team will present our findings based on the computer-generated microtransit simulations created using your agency’s data and several other key data sources. The team will present multiple scenarios optimized for rider experience and operational efficiencies with recommendations for next steps.
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Judging Criteria

Judging criteria will focus on creative innovation and the impact to your community in one or more of the following ways:

 

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Increased Ridership

Microtransit Use Case:
Ridership is improved by reaching new and underserved areas with microtransit.
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Social / Community Impact

Microtransit Use Case:
Residents have increased access to jobs, shopping centers, and greater ease of access to transit and the community.

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Environmental Impact

Microtransit Use Case:
We can decrease the number of vehicle miles traveled by reducing vehicles on the road, fixed routes running at low efficiency, or by optimizing for better routes.

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Improved Efficiency

Microtransit Use Case: 
My agency will save time, resources and money using microtransit to replace or work alongside our existing systems.

The Judges

Peter Hirshberg

Peter Hirshberg

Peter Hirshberg is an open data and smart city expert, author, innovator, and entrepreneur. Hirshberg’s fingerprint can be seen in cities like San Francisco, Singapore, New York, Hong Kong and London, where he pioneered the open data movement to foster transparency and innovation. As a co-founder of the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, he produced one of the world’s first urban prototypes for on-demand shared mobility using data sets from taxis, mobile phone locations, and parking zones. Hirshberg is also the co-founder of the Maker City project and the City Innovate Foundation. Peter Hirshberg joined TransLoc as a strategic advisor in 2017.

Gabe Klein

Gabe Klein

Gabe Klein is the former transportation chief for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C. and one of the nation’s leading voices for urban mobility. Klein has held key positions in both the public and private sectors and has been a leading voice for leveraging the use of data and technology to integrate mobility systems at the city and regional levels. Klein currently serves as the co-founder of CityFi, where he helps leaders and organizations grapple with 21st-century challenges through the use of technology and people-centric principles. In 2017, Gabe joined TransLoc as a strategic advisor.

Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar

For the better part of two decades, Rahul Kumar has been at the helm of public agencies and private entities seeking to shift the transportation industry from a capacity-driven to a demand-driven model. Now, as a vice president at TransLoc, a technology provider of flexible, agency-owned microtransit solutions, Kumar continues to innovate and revolutionize transportation to help public agencies deliver the ultimate rider experience.

Make The Most of APTA 2017!

During APTA 2017, October 9th - 10th, in Atlanta, Georgia, TransLoc will have its entire team of data scientists and microtransit experts at two convenient locations close to the Georgia World Congress Center. This is an excellent opportunity to meet directly with the teams to discuss your entry into the MicroTransit Accelerator Challenge and explore how you can be the most successful in creating and deploying microtransit services. Book your time to meet now.

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The Fine Print

Contest entries must be submitted by individuals over 18 years of age who are employees or consultants of a transportation entity. Only U.S. entries will be considered for this contest. Foreign entries will not be considered. The information provided in the Accelerator Contest Criteria may be used to create anonymized, aggregated data.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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