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A tale of 3 cities: Using transit to expand economic opportunity

Watch now: leaders from Seattle and Memphis discuss transit-led growth in their cities.

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An overview.

There’s little doubt that public transportation can be a catalyst to kick a local economy into high gear. Increasingly, the most innovative city leaders are coming up with creative ways to deploy tech-enabled transit to meet their communities’ specific development goals. Microtransit, which is capital-light and quick-to-launch, is having a measurable impact on job, healthcare, and educational access nationwide.

Interested in learning more about how cities are designing and launching microtransit services tailored to meet their economic development goals? Curious to learn the results from these services?

Watch now to see how microtransit has increased access to jobs, schools, and healthcare by more than 40% in transit-rich cities like Seattle, Washington, car-dependent regions in Memphis, Tennessee, and rural communities like Wilson, North Carolina.


About the speakers.

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Olivia Blahut
Director of Product Marketing, Via

Olivia is the Director of Product Marketing at Via. She is passionate about harnessing sophisticated technology and the power of public-private partnerships to create economic opportunity, drive sustainability efforts, and create more livable communities.

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John Lancaster, AICP
Chief Development Officer, Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)

John has been with MATA for 25 years. As the Chief Development Officer, he is responsible for coordinating various capital projects, strategic initiatives, and long-term planning efforts to improve and expand transit services in the Memphis area.

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Casey Gifford
Senior Planner, King County Metro (Seattle)

Casey Gifford is a senior planner for King County Metro’s Innovative Mobility program. She is a leader in implementing public-private partnerships that leverage mobility and new technologies to improve regional mobility, advance equity, improve the environment, and support communities.