City of Tampa Launches Mobility as a Service (MaaS) App


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Moovit delivers a smart mobility experience – multimodal trip planning with eBikes, scooters, and transit, and mobile ticketing for HART – all from one app

The City of Tampa’s Mobility Department is looking for 200 people to participate in a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) pilot project with the City’s new mobility partner, Moovit.

Launching in Tampa today, Moovit is an urban mobility app that helps users plan multimodal trips, whether they prefer to walk, bike, scoot, drive, ride the streetcar or take the bus. The Moovit app is available to everyone today, even without signing up to participate in the pilot.

Unlike using Google Maps or Waze to just plan trips, Moovit also offers mobile ticketing for public transit, real-time arrival information, and displays parking lots and park and ride locations, in addition to providing accurate and reliable urban mobility information. 

The Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Pilot starts with the local launch of Moovit with multimodal trip planning and HART mobile ticketing integration.

The program seeks 200 people to answer 3-question surveys in 30-day intervals over a six-month period. The surveys and a feedback portal grant participants the opportunity to influence the seamless functionality of micromobility and other mobility mode choices within the app. MaaS is a worldwide aspiration. Tampa participants will contribute to the advancement of MaaS on the global stage.

The City of Tampa has pressed Moovit to expand more into addressing gaps in the access to transit, and improve the connectivity between modes of transportation, by building out from their world-renowned transit app.  

“The cost of travel, both financial and time cost, is going up across Tampa Bay,” said Vik Bhide, City of Tampa Mobility Director. “With the Moovit app, the City of Tampa is trying to make it as easy as possible to get people where they need or want to go.”

“As our population in Tampa Bay continues to grow, so does the demand on our transportation system,” said Secretary David Gwynn of FDOT District 7. “Providing access to multiple mobility choices is vital in serving this demand. We appreciate partnering with the City as they lead Phase I of the MaaS pilot and bring the Moovit app to broaden mobility options for the region.”
 
People can sign up to be a part of this pilot project by emailing MaaS@tampagov.net.

As part of the pilot program, participants are asked to answer survey questions and provide feedback on the functionality of the app for their personal use and on expanded features for improved experiences.

How Does Moovit Work?

Moovit users can enter their destination and the app will display Suggested Routes on how to arrive. Moovit’s trip planner uses a combination of eBikes, scooters, HART, TECO Line Streetcar System, ridesharing systems like Uber and Lyft, and personal vehicles and bicycles to suggest the most convenient routes.

Moovit’s iOS, Android, and Web app combine official information from service providers, as well as crowdsourced information from users, to calculate the best route for each journey with urban mobility options such as a streetcar, bus, e-bikes, scooters, Uber, Lyft, and personal vehicles.  Moovit also provides useful features for drivers, including the ability to drive, park, and ride transit.

“What makes Moovit different is that it offers a complete plan, pay, ride experience and provides everything a user needs to get around more easily,” said Yovav Meydad, Moovit’s Chief Growth and Marketing Officer. “We are very pleased to work with the City of Tampa to encourage more residents to use public transit, including car drivers, by displaying where to park at transit hubs, or park-and-ride stations, to easily make the switch to transit to finish their journey.”

Travelers are encouraged to download the Moovit app on Google Play or the App Store and ‘Favorite’ their usual lines to have the most updated schedule in their pocket.
 

About Moovit

Moovit (www.moovit.com), part of Mobileye (Nasdaq: MBLY), is a leading Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions provider and the creator of the #1 urban mobility app. Together, Moovit and Mobileye are accelerating the global adoption of autonomous transportation, bringing MoovitAV robotaxi services to cities worldwide.

Moovit’s iOS, Android, and Web apps guide people in getting around town effectively and conveniently, using any mode of transport. Introduced in 2012, it now serves over 1.5 Billion users in more than 3,500 cities across 112 countries in 45 languages.

Moovit amasses up to six billion anonymous data points a day to add to the world’s largest repository of transit and urban mobility data. For governments, cities, transit agencies, and private companies, Moovit offers AI-powered MaaS solutions covering planning, operations, and optimization with proven value in reducing congestion, growing ridership, and increasing efficiency and asset utilization.