May 25, 2017, San Francisco – At its third annual BRIDGE summit, “Urban Mobility, Connected Cities, and Resiliency,” City Innovate Foundation unveiled the first-of-its-kind Playbook on Urban Mobility, a comprehensive look at how to integrate public transit and private transportation services for true multi-modal mobility in cities.
City Innovate also announced that Miami-Dade County will be the first metropolitan city to implement insights from its Urban Mobility Collider Project focused on how urban residents can better navigate their cities. The Collider is an intense 12-week planning and policy workshop that brings together city planners, scholars and private industries to focus on resolving policy issues around one specific urban challenge, and to outline solutions and emerging technologies that could be part of the solution.
“People need better ways to commute and move around in today’s cities,” said Carlos Cruz-Casas, Assistant Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works from Miami-Dade County. “New technologies are emerging which can vastly improve access to transportation services in cities. We can’t keep our transit mindset on a 20th century model. It is a fundamental issue of equity.”
This partnership with the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works will allow City Innovate and its private and public sector partners to apply learnings from the collaborative research carried out as part of the Collider workshop. The goals set forth from Miami-Dade County include reducing road congestion, digitally connecting all transportation services in the county, and creating a seamless transit experience for citizens. By navigating these issues in Miami-Dade, City Innovate hopes to bring benefits for the citizens of the metropolitan region, and use the playbook to scale best practices to other cities.
“Integration is a necessity for the future of mobility, extending to every aspect of the transportation infrastructure,” said Boris Karsch, vice president of strategy, Cubic Transportation Systems. “From using one account to pay for journeys with multiple transit agencies to collecting valuable data in one database to effectively gaining insights through data. The mobility industry will be at its most efficient when we break-down traditional silos to create a unified and frictionless user experience that is built upon unified solutions.”
Across the U.S., urban transit systems and road networks in major cities are unable to keep up with demand as populations grow. As a consequence, both long-time and new residents are struggling with increasing congestion and the growing challenges to getting where they need to go. As traditional transportation systems struggle to keep up with the influx of people migrating to cities, alternative methods such as biking, carpooling and ridesharing are becoming more popular. City Innovate Foundation believes there is potential for cities to incorporate these new modes with existing public transportation services, to build a network of accessible, affordable, and sustainable options for citizens.
How can cities navigate this new arena of viable transit options? City Innovate believes data is the key.
“The solution lies in upgrading the existing infrastructure systems to harness data, and enabling city agencies to work with data to make better planning and policy decisions,” said Kamran Saddique, Executive Director of CIF. “We and our partners believe that by creating an integrated platform, we can foster a more user-friendly experience to reduce wait times, save millions of dollars in administrative costs, and encourage better mobility for citizens to get from A to B.”
“Transportation is a pillar of city infrastructure, yet it consistently creates challenges for communities,” said Scott Mauvais, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation for Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we believe that public-private partnerships can help tackle these issues, creating solutions that improve people’s daily commutes while saving cities money. We are honored to work alongside City Innovate Foundation as it assists cities in their digital transformations of transportation systems across the U.S.”
Miami-Dade County as a building block to layer more services on top of this new architecture, most notably with Autonomous Vehicles.
“We started by partnering with City Innovate Foundation for the Playbook on Urban Mobility. The success has led Siemens to start future work on Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, or V2I concepts,” said Marcus Welz, CEO of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems, North America. Both these topics allow us the opportunity to share our knowledge around sustainable transportation and advanced transportation technologies, providing cities and public agencies an even better understanding of how this technology will influence the future of mobility.”
The BRIDGE Summit is an annual gathering of public, private, non-profit, and academic institutions coming together to challenge assumptions, develop skills, share best practices, and build partnerships that drive innovation for a better tomorrow. If you’re interested in learning more, or would like to partner with City Innovate in its efforts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information