Transportation@100%: Innovation 3
Engaging the Private Sector
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project 1: The “cool technology of our mobility future” project
In some rural areas without transit systems, local leaders are experimenting with subsidizing Uber and Lyft rides to fill the gap, though the idea is not without growing pains. In other cities, the tech giants are working with transit authorities to, for example, simplify the process of taking a rideshare car to a train station. If nothing else, it’s an interesting idea that may work in some places. And if none of the ridesharing apps are in your town, the same sort of program could also be assembled together with taxi vouchers. This project is all about getting people around cities efficiently.
Project 2: The “we’ll (hand over a) pass on that” project
The idea of a private company giving an employee a free bus pass is nothing new, but it may be new to your town and your industries. We know of at least one city, Columbus, Ohio, experimenting with giving out bus passes to everyone who works downtown.
Columbus, OH transit pass: https://aae.how/32