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Copy of Interoperable Transit Data


Today’s transportation system is characterized largely by privately-owned, individually-driven, gas-powered vehicles that sit unused 95 percent of the time, cost over $1 trillion annually, and emit 1 gigaton of emissions each year. Present trends, emerging technologies, and new tech-enabled transit businesses suggest that the current system will change dramatically. A more cost-effective, efficient, equitable, and convenient system is possible—one that delivers a variety of shared, electrified, and autonomous mobility options when and where they are needed. We call this “mobility as a service.”


Public transit agencies, private transit providers, and travelers create and use enormous stockpiles of precise transit data. However, this data is currently largely siloed. The momentum of software and mobile business is quickly making this data more interconnected and available.
Greater sophistication and interoperability of multimodal transit data can create increased ridership for transit agencies, greater lead generation for private transit providers, and better planning tools for city government. Improvements in multimodal transit data can also enable greater collaboration between the public and private sectors, supporting the transition to shared ownership of expensive assets.


In June 2015, RMI hosted a two-day workshop for technical partners, software companies, app developers, transportation service providers, transit agencies, and consultants to develop action plans to create the foundation for broader, more sophisticated and interoperable transit data. The results serve as the foundation for new tech-enabled transit and transportation capabilities, multimodal coordination, mobile payments, better city intelligence, improved visibility of options for users, bundled transportation services, and integrated booking and payment. All these benefits can transition us from polluting single-occupancy vehicle travel to shared, electrified, and autonomous mobility as a service.


The results of this workshop are published in our free downloadable report. It includes the barriers identified to achieving this vision and six actions plans to take us to this ITD future.

Many of these action plans are being implemented in our partnership with Austin, Texas to realize a mobility system transformation we can replicate around the globe.

Download the Full Report | Download the Event Agenda 
Download the Event Knowledge PackDownload the Detailed Brochure

For more info, contact Greg Rucks at grucks@rmi.org.

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