Microtransit service to improve mobility for non-driving residents
COLUMBUS, OHIO (January 2, 2018) – Microtransit company, SHARE, is announcing a six-month senior transportation circulator with the City of Dublin. Starting January 2, 2019, SHARE will provide microtransit services for the community’s senior and disabled residents, establishing scheduled transportation routes that will pick seniors up from their living communities and take them to popular destinations within the Dublin community. An important goal of this program is to provide community access and opportunities for meaningful social interaction for Dublin seniors, which promotes overall positive mental health and well-being.
All SHARE vehicles dedicated for the pilot program are wheelchair accessible — and additional vehicles will be provided based on demand. In addition to providing transportation three days a week throughout the pilot, SHARE will work with senior living facilities to roll out dynamic scheduling for their residents, to expand their list of options for group outings. SHARE’s proprietary software enables dynamic routing when scheduled 24 hours in advance. While on the shuttle, other riders may be picked up to offer last mile COTA connection to key Dublin destinations.
“Quality of life and longevity are directly correlated with how frequently someone gets out of their home. We are thrilled to be working with the City of Dublin to enhance access for senior and disabled residents,” said Ryan McManus, co-founder and CEO of SHARE. “The City of Dublin is being proactive to address the growing need for mobility and we aim to be the most trusted transportation option for riders, families, and caregivers.”
The City of Dublin has a high concentration of senior communities, currently holding 11 with plans to add additional facilities. By 2021, the city will have more than 6,100 residents over the age of 65. Recently, the city conducted a mobility survey which revealed the number one topic of concern for residents was to expand multimodal options, specifically prioritizing improving non-driving mobility for residents.
“We assessed that there was a need for increased mobility for our senior demographic and we knew we needed to find a solution,” said Joanne Shelly, Urban Planner for the City of Dublin. “We’re optimistic about the positive impact SHARE will have on our community, as they’ll be proactively addressing a problem that we projected to increase in the future.”
Currently operating in Columbus, Ohio, SHARE brings shared mobility to communities that lack the density for mass transit. We develop dynamic solutions to address transportation demands with a goal to increase access and decrease costs for riders. We know that access to transportation is far from equal, and we strive to break down old-world business models to pave the way for the future of transportation. Our software allows us to quickly create ride-share groups and routes that will deliver riders safely to their destination as quickly and cost efficiently as possible. We utilize electric vehicles whenever possible, and our software has been built with an eye toward the future, as we actively plan for our vehicles to be fully autonomous.
SHARE services are available through participating employers, schools and senior living communities. Learn more at RideWithShare.com.
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