On-Demand Transit

Road with traffic near Lake Tahoe, California with pine tree forest on either side.

Lake Tahoe Leans on Microtransit to Address Traffic

On-demand transit is helping make transportation around the resort area more convenient, but the region still lacks connectivity via a fixed-route bus system.

June 3, 2024 - SF Gate

Silver UTA On Demand transit van in Utah.

Utah On-Demand Transit Hits 1 Million Rides

The service connects outlying communities with fixed-route transit lines.

May 29, 2024 - Utah Transit Authority

Man wearing sweater and messenger bag walking into white autonomous four-person Glydcar vehicle.

Self-Driving Microtransit System Coming to Contra Costa County

The autonomous, four-person pods would travel on an enclosed track, but is it an effective model for public transit?

May 8, 2024 - CBS News

White microbus with yellow stripe on rural road with empty road and blue sky in background.

Minnesota, Vermont Experiment With Rural Trip Planning Websites

Pilot programs in the two states aimed to make transit information more accessible for riders in rural areas, where on-demand and microtransit services make trip planning more complex.

March 13, 2024 - The Daily Yonder

A sign for SMART Bus on a pole.

Website Streamlines Michigan Transit Information

The tool is designed to help people with disabilities navigate the state’s complex public transit network.

March 12, 2024 - Second Wave Michigan

Close-up of map with Canton, Georgia.

Georgia County Adopts On-Demand Transit

Cherokee County will shift its public transit system to an app-based service.

February 16, 2024 - Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

White minibus with yellow "On-Demand" logo parked in an asphalt lot with grass field and dry fall trees in background in Edmonton, Canada.

Microtransit Can Boost Ridership, but Agencies Struggle With Cost

Minnesota’s on-demand microtransit service is helping connect residents to fixed-route service and daily needs.

January 16, 2024 - Minnesota Reformer

White Dial-a-Ride van in driveway in Seaview, Washington.

Opinion: Microtransit Isn’t the Answer to Transit Woes

On-demand services can’t scale successfully without massive government subsidies, and could obscure the impacts of car-centric sprawl.

December 20, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Kansas City streetcar running down street lined with trees in fall colors.

Funding Approved for St. Louis Transit Agency

After a failed vote last month, the St. Louis County Council voted to move forward with a $128-million infusion into the regional transit system.

November 22, 2023 - KMOV

White minibus with yellow "On-Demand" logo parked in an asphalt lot with grass field and dry fall trees in background in Edmonton, Canada.

Advocates Urge Caution as Microtransit Expands

On-demand microtransit is gaining popularity with transit agencies, but is it at the expense of existing service?

November 1, 2023 - Governing

Close-up of SEPTA logo in white letters on red line at top of SEPTA bus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Moves to Improve Paratransit Services

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s partnership with a technology provider will boost the system’s paratransit and microtransit services to improve access and accessibility.

October 11, 2023 - Mass Transit

Black and green MetroConnect microtransit van in front of mural of boom box on Miami building.

Miami-Dade Expands On-Demand Transit Service

The new MetroConnect service brings on-demand microtransit to more of the county’s residents and streamlines service to shorten trips.

October 9, 2023 - Via

Red Gwinnett County bus near Atlanta, Georgia.

Suburban Atlanta County to Bring Transit Plan Back to Voters

After residents rejected transit expansion proposals in 2019 and 2020, local officials went back to the drawing board, removing heavy rail plans and focusing on microtransit and local buses.

October 5, 2023 - Governing

Close-up of road map showing Wilson, North Carolina

North Carolina Town Swaps Fixed-Route Buses for On-Demand Microtransit

The community of Wilson is testing the efficiency of using a publicly subsidized on-demand van service in lieu of traditional buses.

September 20, 2023 - SourceOne

A collection of screengrabs showing the uses of the Met-Go on-demand transit app.

On-Demand Microtransit Proves Itself in Rural Virginia

Two Virginia transit companies launched pilot projects for on-demand microtransit services in 2021, spurring record growth in ridership as a result.

September 5, 2023 - The Virginia Mercury

Blue RideKC bus in Kansas City with trees in background

Transit Advocates Fear On-Demand Microtransit Undermines Bus Service

A new on-demand transit service is meant to fill gaps in Kansas City regional bus service, but some transit supporters worry the service is drawing funding away from fixed-route buses.

July 14, 2023 - KCUR

Close-up of silos with Imperial Sugar logo in Sugar Land, Texas

Sugar Land Mobility Master Plan Targets Microtransit, Connectivity

The southeast Texas city is responding to community demands for safer, more accessible, and more diverse transportation choices.

July 11, 2023 - Fort Bend Independent

Black and white Rideshare Pick-Up Zone sign

The Slow Death of Ride Sharing

From the beginning, TNCs like Lyft and Uber touted shared rides as their key product. Now, Lyft is ending the practice.

June 1, 2023 - Human Transit

Bus Service

SEPTA Launches On-Demand Transit

The service will expand SEPTA bus service to the Philadelphia suburbs.

April 23, 2023 - NBC Philadelphia

Public Transit Ridership

How Mass Transit Can Adapt to Post-Pandemic Needs

With commuter ridership playing a smaller role in transit operations, agencies must reorganize their services around different travel schedules and patterns.

January 11, 2023 - Governing

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