Transportation technology platform integrates Uber into NC passenger train ecosystem
RALEIGH, N.C–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TransLoc, a transportation technology platform that delivers seamless mobility, today announced a three-month pilot partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to integrate Uber and public transit with the state’s passenger train system to enhance statewide mobility.
NCDOT and Amtrak partner to operate the Piedmont and Carolinian trains in North Carolina. TransLoc’s Rider app will provide North Carolina passengers with seamless, easy, door-to-door trip planning to and from nine Amtrak stations throughout the state: Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis, and Charlotte. This project will bring multimodal transit opportunities to more than five million residents across three major metropolitan areas.
“Our partnership with TransLoc is helping us create a large network of interconnected public transit options,” said Paul Worley, Rail Division Director at NCDOT. “By tying together services that residents use and depend on already, it’s now easier than ever for North Carolinians to travel across the state without driving their cars while taking advantage of existing rail infrastructure.”
The initiative advances NCDOT’s mission to eliminate transit deserts and connect more North Carolinians with safe mobility options for travel across the state and beyond without raising costs for riders or for the state. As a result of its work with local public transit systems over the past five years, the Department has seen a 40 percent increase in ridership. Now riders not only have more options for getting to the train, but they can plan and coordinate an entire multi-leg trip at the touch of a few buttons.
Starting on Nov. 2, North Carolinians can simply input their preferred train station into the Rider app. The app will display a route that integrates Uber and public transit with the train schedule, providing multimodal route options from the rider’s front door to the train station platform. For example, the app might provide a synchronized route to the train that incorporates walking, taking a bus or riding in an Uber. Riders can also use the app to find transit options or an Uber at their destination. Over time, the app will learn user preferences around cost, convenience and mode of transportation to deliver a customized door-to-door plan for worry-free transit.
“TransLoc’s partnership with NCDOT builds upon some of our deep existing relationships with North Carolina transit agencies and ties that work into an important statewide effort,” says Doug Kaufman, TransLoc CEO. “This is an innovative step for a transit agency as large as the NCDOT and reinforces its leadership in working to solve the chronic first-mile, last-mile problem that has historically restricted public transit ridership. We look forward to working with NCDOT to meet the needs of residents and create thriving transportation ecosystems in communities across the state.”
This announcement comes on the heels of a successful implementation of private and public transit trip planning within the TransLoc Rider app in Gainesville, Florida, which helped the city seamlessly integrate Uber with existing bus services to increase mobility options for seniors and safe rides home for students at the University of Florida.
TransLoc delivers seamless mobility for all through a transportation technology platform. We create elegant, accurate software for transportation providers that attracts and retains happy riders for years to come. TransLoc has partnered with 155 providers to reach a higher level over service and win the confidence of riders over the past decade. To learn more, visit TransLoc.com or follow us on Twitter at @TransLoc.
Brigit Carlson, 201-465-8031