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  • 9/16/2019

    The Transportation Alliance Partners with IATR for First-Ever Microtransit Hackathon


    (ROCKVILLE, Md.)—In an industry first, the Transportation Alliance has partnered with the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) to host the 2019 Microtransit Hackathon from September 13-18.

    Competing university students will examine anonymized taxi trip data from two cities—Toronto and St. Louis—provided by the dispatch software company CMT/Mobile Knowledge. Students will be tasked with identifying efficiencies and profit opportunities that could be used to map out possible microtransit routes for eight-passenger vans capable of also serving passengers who use wheelchairs.

    Competing teams will analyze how much passengers could save with microtransit, and how much more drivers might earn. The Hackathon specifically calls for only pairing passengers who would have a wait time of less than five minutes.

    Students from 20universities with whom IATR has run previous Hackathons have been invited to compete. A judging panel will select the winner in late September. The winning team will be invited to present their findings at Mobilize 2019 at Bally’s Las Vegas, the annual convention and expo of The Transportation Alliance. Travel for the winning team is made possible with the financial support of the vehicle-hailing app Curb.

    “This Hackathon has the potential to really show some of our members the possible business opportunities that await in microtransit, not just in these two cities, but in every city,” said Terry O’Toole, president of The Transportation Alliance. “This is the first time we’re partnering with IATR and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working together on such an exciting project. I’m looking forward to seeing what the students produce and to share it with everyone attending Mobilize 2019.”

    Matthew Daus, President of the IATR, and who also serves as the Transportation Technology Chair at the City College Transportation Center at City University of New York, said he shares in that excitement.

    “When you see what some of these students can do, and how they can quickly process data in a way that has real world applications, it can be truly inspiring,” Daus said. “This is a rapidly evolving industry, and bright young minds like the ones from these universities can help guide that evolution.”

    The Hackathon will use IATR’s “Data Commons,” a repositoryfor public and private transportation-related data housed at the University of California at Berkeley. The Data Commons will be made available to participants toexplore the mapping of potential routes and schedules. The Transportation Alliance and IATR would like to especially thank UC Berkeley staff for helping make available this platform to store CMT's data, and for creating a portal for hackathon participants. Particular thanks goes to Professor Susan Shaheen, who co-directs the Transportation Sustainability Research Center of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley, and Kendra Levine, Library Director at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies Library.

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