Meet Grantees from the Mobility Innovation Collaborative
5 minutes Author: Shared-Use Mobility Center Oct 4, 2022
The Mobility Innovation Collaborative (MIC) is a partnership between the Shared-Use Mobility Center and the Federal Transit Administration. The MIC supports about 50 innovative mobility projects that are funded by the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) and Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) grants across the United States. These grants help accelerate innovation in the mobility industry.
In May 2022, SUMC hosted the first in-person MIC workshop in Chicago and met with grantees to learn more about their projects. Hear directly from grantees about their IMI/AIM project!
IMI Grant | Wood Hudson, Statewide Transit Planner at the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation received $160,930 to provide microtransit in rural communities in the Tidewater, VA region. The project will augment existing transit resources by leveraging mobile technology for real-time trip booking and vehicle routing, providing real-time, demand-response microtransit service.
IMI Grant | Ann Foss, Principal Planner at the City of Arlington
The City of Arlington, TX received $1,698,558 to integrate autonomous vehicles into its existing on-demand system operated with the Via car-sharing service. The service will include a wheelchair-accessible vehicle and will allow University of Texas at Arlington students to ride fare-free.
The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority received $1,997,503 to develop an innovative alternative payment system for mobility, business and personal applications targeted to low-income, disadvantaged, disabled, student, elderly and other underserved populations.
This project is managed by NEORide, CALSTART, and Cleveland State University.
IMI Grant | Chuck Quinn, Director of Special Projects at River Cities Public Transit
River Cities Public Transit received $401,760 to expand a program that provides transportation for oncology patients to a large hospital in central South Dakota to all types of patients within a 60-mile radius. The project will feature an integrated single payment system and allow Avera St. Mary’s Hospital to hire a full-time transportation coordinator to advocate for the service.
AIM Grant | Kelly Houck, Capital Administrative Associate at Kitsap Transit
Kitsap Transit received $372,910 to design a replicable business model for a high-speed passenger ferry powered by battery-electric, low-emission technology. The state-of-the-art hydrofoil design will rely on lightweight carbon fiber construction and batteries to speed up travel between urban centers and suburban and rural communities and significantly reduce fuel use compared to conventional fast ferries.
IMI & AIM Grant | John Lancaster, Chief Development Officer at the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)
MATA received both the IMI and AIM grants. Under the IMI grant, MATA received $394,000 to implement a microtransit on-demand project in the Boxtown/Westwood neighborhood of Memphis, a low-density, suburban neighborhood with a large elderly population and infrequent transit service. Riders will be able to request rides using a mobile application or call center to destinations such as healthcare, grocery stores, or government services, as well as connect to the existing transit network.
Under the AIM grant, MATA received $483,000 to develop a fare collection system that incorporates MATA and other mobility options in the Memphis area, including micro-transit and ride-hailing services, vanpools and medical and human services transportation. The project will develop a one-stop-shop website for multimodal mobility information.
IMI Grant | Dwight Mengel, Chief Transportation Planner at Tompkins County
Tompkins County received $820,000 to develop a multi-modal trip planning platform that integrates information on bus services, demand-response service, taxis, volunteer transportation, car-share and bike-share services. The platform will enable riders in rural upstate New York to plan multi-modal trips through a mobile app and web platform.
IMI Grant | Bibiana McHugh, Manager of Mobility & Location-Based Services | TriMet, OR
Under the IMI grant, TriMet received $1,812,282 to develop a mobility payment system that integrates payment for multiple modes into a single transaction. The project will build on TriMet’s multimodal trip planner to reduce travel stress with better real-time arrival predictions.
AIM Grant | Jesse Elam, Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, in partnership with Metra, Pace, and the Chicago Transit Authority, received $330,000 to support public engagement efforts to encourage transit ridership for residents of south Cook County. The project will target outreach to low-income residents and potential new transit customers about reduced fares and seamless travel options across the county’s transit providers.