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How America’s mayors are transforming communities with tech-enabled transit services

These mayors saw transportation challenges in their communities and took action to implement new microtransit services from scratch.

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These mayors saw transportation challenges in their communities — whether transit deserts, inadequate access for seniors and other groups, or rising congestion and emissions — and took action to develop and implement new transit services entirely from scratch. Hear directly from them, and learn how tech-enabled transit has transformed communities large and small across the country.

Closing transit gaps and connecting transit deserts.


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“Via and technology today allows you to solve all of those [transit desert] problems... It's a flexible model that allows you to adapt based on where people and the need actually are."

Steven Fulop — Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey
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“In Camden, we believe that every resident deserves access to good jobs and a chance to build a better future. The Camden Loop plays a vital role in achieving that vision, as it connects our residents to employment centers and unlocks doors to new opportunities.”
Victor Carstarphen — Mayor of Camden, New Jersey
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“As we continue to build a city of the future, we are providing new ways for our neighbors to access transit…this new first-last mile connection will help ensure that South Seattle residents have more options for safely and quickly getting to key transit hubs.”
Jenny A. Durkan — Former Mayor of Seattle, Washington

Ensuring equal access and economic opportunities.

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“Never has there been more investment in quality of life, infrastructure and economic growth in the City of Mobile. MoGo will help ensure that all Mobilians have access to economic opportunities and other essential destinations.”
Sandy Stimpson — Mayor of Mobile, Alabama

Increasing transit access and independence.

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“Reliable, safe, affordable transportation is a key to giving people options for staying involved in their community as they phase out driving. This is a ground-breaking program that I really think can be a game-changer.”
Ruthanne Fuller — Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts
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“I am proud of everything the Silicon Valley Hopper program has achieved in the last year by connecting residents to easy and cost-effective transportation. Its popularity has already paved the way for significant expansion, geographically and environmentally.”
Sheila Mohan — Mayor of Cupertino, California
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“For seniors, it’s been a game changer. For teenagers — a game changer. For parents — a game changer. About 40% of youth say they are working now and could not have had a job without this service. It’s also cheaper for us. Per ride, it’s dramatically less expensive than the transit system. So a pretty powerful innovation.”
Christopher Cabaldon — Former Mayor of West Sacramento, California
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“Our ridership has been great. Our customer satisfaction has been super. The convenience of not having to worry about either, how do you get to the bus station, or when you get off the bus, how do you get to where you want to go — it’s just been off the charts.”
Jeff Williams — Former Mayor of Arlington, Texas

Reducing traffic congestion and CO2 emissions.

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“This partnership with Via is the next generation of what public transportation can be, allowing us to increase mobility while taking a step toward our larger goal of reducing traffic congestion across Cupertino.”
Steven Scharf — Former Mayor of Cupertino, California
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“Yes, we can have innovative, low-cost, on-demand public ride-share services in our communities. In all, the service has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by (more than) 61 tons."
Kim Driscoll — Lt. Governor and Former Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts

Delivering data-driven transit solutions with new technology.


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“Green Bay Metro continues to innovate to meet the needs of our transit riders. I look forward to the continued evolution and expansion of GBM On-Demand in the coming months and years, as we strive to find ways to meet the mobility needs of all community residents with 21st century technologies.”
Eric Genrich — Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin
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“We couldn’t be prouder of the results. Every council member knew we needed it in the City of Valdosta and we answered that need. Listening to that meeting in Washington, D.C., and hearing them say Valdosta’s name over and over again as an example of city transportation was something to be very proud of.”
Scott James Matheson — Mayor of Valdosta, Georgia
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“I am thrilled that we are launching GO Connect, Miami-Dade County’s firstever on-demand public transit network. This project offers the County yet another much-needed transit solution, and it’s a great example of how we are spearheading results-driven change for public transportation in a cost-effective way for our County.”
Carlos A. Giménez — Former Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida

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Elspeth Green

Via Resource Editor