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Electrifying microtransit: learning from cities in transition

Hear from industry experts at Calstart and the City of Newton, MA on everything from funding to service design to operational considerations, to fleet composition for electric microtransit services.

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An overview.

Thinking of launching an electric microtransit service? Interested in electrifying your existing microtransit fleet? Electrifying microtransit is top of mind for us at Via, and we recognize that while these efforts are critical to meeting our collective climate goals, they can also be, well, complicated. What are YOUR biggest questions when it comes to electrifying microtransit services? 

  • How will I pay for an electric microtransit service or fleet? 
  • How does electrification affect microtransit service design? 
  • How can we electrify while meeting other critical goals - e.g., for accessibility? 
  • How do I select the right vehicles for an electric microtransit service? 


About the speakers.

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Nicole Freedman
Former Director of Transportation Planning, Newton MA

As the former director of transportation planning for Newton, MA, Nicole was responsible for directing and managing all aspects of transportation including new mobility, active transportation, and transportation planning.

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Mike Hynes
National Transit Bus Program Manager, CALSTART

Mike Hynes joined CALSTART in September 2022 as the National Transit Bus Program Manager. Mike leads the transit bus program as a member of the Bus Initiative team to assist agencies with planning, procuring, and deploying zero-emission vehicles. 

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Jonny Raggett
Global Fleet Director, Via

Jonny is a Director at Via and leads Via’s Fleet Strategy and Operations team. He is the architect of Via’s innovative fleet model and leads a team focused on the electrification of Via’s transit services.