Local non-profit transportation management association wins Second Place in competition to find the nation’s most innovative municipal transit authority

In a stiff competition featuring some of the nation’s most enterprising municipal transit agencies, the Airport Corridor Transportation Association (ACTA) earned Second Place honors in the inaugural TransLoc MicroTransit Accelerator Challenge for its RideACTA shuttle service, which provides Port Authority riders with “last-mile” service to their place of employment.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition from such a highly respected industry leader as TransLoc,” said ACTA’s Executive Director Lynn Manion. “It shows that we’re making an impact and moving in the right direction as we continue to provide transportation solutions to the many jobs within the growing airport corridor.”

TransLoc, a Durham (NC) based technology provider of a flexible, agency-owned microtransit solutions, held the competition in order to identify the nation’s most visionary and innovative municipal transit agencies. Submissions from more than 15 states were judged based on four criteria: increased ridership, social and community value, environmental impact and improved efficiency. 

The two First Place winners were Detroit’s Office of Mobility Innovation and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. The other Second Place winners were Lane Transit in Lane County Oregon and Pace Bus in the metropolitan Chicago area. All winners will receive access to TransLoc’s expertise, planning resources, data analytics, and predictive modeling in order to help stimulate demand-driven, flexible transit in the communities they serve. 

Incorporated in 1990 and located in Robinson Township in Pittsburgh’s western suburbs, ACTA is a non-profit transportation management association (TMA) that serves the business community along the Parkway West from the Fort Pitt Tunnel through Beaver County. The service that ACTA won Second Place for in the MicroTransit Accelerator Challenge is its RideACTA program—a shared-ride, flex-route shuttle that transports commuters the “last mile” from the bus stop to nearly 200 employers throughout the airport corridor.

“Our goal is to continue being a leader in shaping the future of mobility in this region, making sure to meet the needs of existing workers and job seekers, while focusing on reducing congestion, improving air quality, and providing travel choices,” said Manion. “We hope that honors such as this one from TransLoc will help us spread the word about ACTA, so that we can continue to grow and be a valuable resource to the people of Pittsburgh.” 

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