TransitScreen City: Becoming a Fixture in City Halls

Posted by Rachel Karitis on 6/15/16 2:34 PM

TransitScreen CEO Matt Caywood speaking with former President Barack ObamaTransitScreen CEO Matt Caywood demonstrates a display and engages with President Barack Obama at 1776 in Washington, DC.

In May we announced the installation of two new TransitScreen displays at Austin (TX) City Hall. Upon unveiling the screens, Mayor Steve Adler declared TransitScreen’s real-time information solution “a great way to use technology to make mobility more accessible to everyone so they have easy alternatives to being stuck in their cars during rush hour.”

“It’s innovation’s like [TransitScreen] that will make the ‘Year of Mobility’ a real thing in people’s lives,” Adler added.

Austin, like many domestic and international cities, is making a concerted effort to mitigate the threatening, pervasive externalities of car travel. By encouraging travelers to consider alternative transportation options, Mayor Adler and others identify precisely where TransitScreen can facilitate sustainable mobility and empower modern movers.

At TransitScreen we firmly believe reliable access to transit is a right, not a privilege. We hold tenets of equity, accessibility, and inclusivity paramount in designing and implementing our real-time information products, as we recognize that mobility is key to outcomes extending beyond getting from origin to destination.

At TransitScreen we firmly believe reliable access to transit is a right, not a privilege.

Speaking to this point in describing his city’s finalist bid for the USDOT Smart City Challenge, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto asserts, “It’s not just about transportation. It’s also about social mobility as well." By connecting people to jobs and services - and, fundamentally, other people - transit services, and transit-serving services like TransitScreen, keep a vital city’s blood pumping.

It is no surprise, then, that cities acknowledge TransitScreen’s innovative potential to lead travelers in the right direction where mode choice is concerned. We currently partner with eight city and regional agencies across North America and are live in their respective city halls and other prominent civic buildings. These include Toronto, ON; Seattle, WA (Seattle Municipal Tower); Bellevue, WA; Cambridge, MA; Montgomery County, MD; Honolulu, HI (Fasi Building); Washington, DC (partnered with DDOT); and Austin, TX. We will soon be expanding to Santa Monica, CA and elsewhere.

TransitScreen COO Ryan Croft with Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong in front of TransitScreenTransitScreen COO Ryan Croft with Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong at Toronto City Hall.

Forging public-private partnerships allows cities to capitalize on emerging research and technologies to improve citizens’ quality of life without sacrificing the time or resources required to maintain and improve extant infrastructure. These relationships are certainly a win for us, as we pursue our company’s mission of making cities healthy and sustainable by empowering travelers with the ability to make smarter transportation choices.

"If we are going to move this country forward in terms of infrastructure, mobility, and transit, that has to start with the cities,” said Kansas City (MO) Mayor Sly James in in his Smart Cities Challenge pitch to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on May 20. We agree — and would add that TransitScreen cities are certainly getting a head start!

City of Seattle TransitScreen Unveiling Director Scott KublySeattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly unveils TransitScreen displays at the Seattle Municipal Tower.