8-80 Cities, a Canadian non-profit, has received funding from the Knight Foundation to "help civic innovators make their communities more vibrant places where people can walk, bike and access better transit options." Gil Penalosa, the founder and chair of 8-80 Cities, says that "Every City Should Have a Law of Two Words: Pedestrians First." This is a great program that we at TransitScreen are behind.
Cofounder and COO Ryan Croft will be traveling to the Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The 8-day visit starts on February 28th. Ryan will be joining TransitScreen Advisor Bruce Haldors, CEO of Seattle-based Transpo Group and Hicham Chatila, President of Transpo Group MENA region. The firm has offices throughout Middle East region, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, & the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Transpo Group works closely in the UAE with government agencies like the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai), Abu Dhabi DoT (Department of Transport) and the private real estate and The Dubai Mall owner Emaar. The team has arranged meetings for with government and real estate officials to introduce TransitScreen technology. In addition to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the team will visit the ultra-sustainable, futuristic Masdar City.
The City of Cambridge has installed informational TransitScreen displays at three public buildings with support from a Healthy Aging Grant from the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, as part of the Mass in Motion program. Partnering with the Cambridge Council on Aging and Cambridge Public Health Department, the city’s Community Development Department conducted a series of community meetings with seniors focusing on “usability, mobility, and accessibility” to transit. The goal was to engage seniors in a discussion about their experiences with public transit, including challenges, barriers, and opportunities.
The TransitScreen team of Matt Caywood, Ryan Croft and David Nebinski has been in Honolulu, Hawaii for the last week for the Energy Excelerator Kickoff Week. The team is meeting with leaders in real estate, hospitality, transportation, sustainability, and investments, as well as city/state officials, non-profits and universities.
CityLab's Eric Jaffe wrote an article on Monday's announcement from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx about Beyond Traffic, a public draft of the US Department of Transportation's 30-year vision of transportation and transportation policy in America. The article, "A 30-Year Plan for U.S. Transportation Summed Up by One Word: Choice," focuses on the USDOT's plan to move away from a reliance on single-occupancy vehicles and move towards a greater investment in multimodal transit systems suited for cities and providing people with "choices." ""Multimodal systems are going to be needed in the future," stated Foxx. As a company that supports multimodal transportation options so that commuters, visitors, residents and employees can make informed transit choices, TransitScreen is in support of the USDOT's Beyond Traffic plan.
Watch the video published by the USDOT:
Read a few excerpts from the article: