Last fall ACTA’s RideACTA shuttle service placed second in the TransLoc MicroTransit Accelerator Challenge – a competition to identify the nation’s most visionary and innovative municipal transit agencies. In January 2019, through a collaboration with TransLoc, ACTA will be launching a microtransit pilot program aimed at improving service efficiency and rider experience, shortening travel time, and reducing overall operational costs.
Through the microtransit pilot, RideACTA will be modernizing its last-mile service from the IKEA “Super Stop” in Robinson Township. In the future, ACTA hopes to add this service in Moon Township which will enable riders to access fixed-route transfer points to Pittsburgh and their place of employment. This new technology will help RideACTA drivers determine the best, most efficient route. Riders can access this technology through the RideACTA app on their smartphones. Even if riders do not have access to a smartphone, they can still make reservations online through ACTA’s website or its dispatch number.
TransLoc, a technology provider of flexible, agency-owned microtransit solutions, has been a leader in the microtransit industry since 2004. Earlier this year the company was acquired by Ford Smart Mobility, which was formed in 2016 to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services. Since receiving second-place honors in the challenge, ACTA has been working closely with the Durham, NC based company to bring this enhanced service to RideACTA.
Look for more information on the launch in the coming months!