Video: CEO, Doug Kaufman shares the importance for tech companies to work with government to expand impact

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Doug Kaufman, CEO of TransLoc, spoke at the 2017 CED Tech Venture Conference where growth companies that gained significant traction were selected to share their updates. This quick video provides an overview of where TransLoc stands on the future of communities, the economy, and the planet as a whole—plus Doug reflects on why building a purpose-driven company is the center of his … Read More

7 major themes and takeaways from APTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and EXPO

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Photo: Business Wire While public transportation agencies across the country sent their best and brightest to Atlanta, the weather failed to get the memo. And yet, despite torrential downpours and tropical storm-like conditions, this year’s APTA turned out an incredible number of transit advocates, agencies, consultants, and more! In light of APTA’s focus on safety, resources, workforce development, demographic shifts, … Read More

Your TransLoc APTA 2017 Survival Guide

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In just a few days, transit industry folks from across the country will converge on Atlanta for this year’s APTA EXPO*. Between the EXPO floor (with over 800 exhibitors from across the globe), presentations, panels and learning sessions, there’s no shortage of events to attend. Here are a few of our top picks. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Technical Tour of MARTA … Read More

Mobile App Architecture at TransLoc

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When TransLoc’s mobile engineering team set out to build the Microtransit apps for iOS and Android, our top priority was to build them in such a way that we could iterate at a sustainable pace for years to come. As much as possible, we wanted to avoid rewriting part or all of the apps for purely technical reasons, putting customer … Read More

How to make your summer internship a success

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Advice from TransLoc’s Director of Strategy and Partnerships on how to make the most of your summer internship. This week, TransLoc’s interns started work. Each year, TransLoc hires a handful of interns across departments to help us tackle projects and help them gain work experience. We take onboarding seriously here at TransLoc, even for our interns.  They are welcomed with … Read More

Three important lessons learned from Bridj’s closure

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Last week, Bridj made news by shutting its doors. By collecting and using data to create a more demand-driven transit world, Bridj tried to create a “network of express shuttles that offer efficient and flexible trips…that adapt in real-time to where you live, work, and play.” In Boston and Washington, this meant point-to-point trips that filled in gaps that were … Read More

The intersection of transit and diversity

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Earlier this month, I chaperoned my daughter’s third-grade class on a walking and public transit field trip to explore economic development in downtown Durham.  As a working parent, I don’t get to attend as many school day events as I would like.  But, beyond the obvious connection of this trip to my work in transit, this outing appealed to me … Read More

3 reasons public transit agencies should care about sustainability

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Back in April 2016, we published a post explaining how public transit impacts sustainability, but what about the other end of that question: Why should transit agencies aim for sustainable practices? Here’s a hint: It has practically nothing to do with saving the environment. It sounds crazy, right? But, the truth is that, while a transit agency might not be … Read More

Release Notes: What’s new in Architect Beta 1.2

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We’re constantly updating our products at TransLoc. Sometimes we’re adding new features or functionality. Sometimes we’re fixing bugs. But always, we’re striving to make our products more valuable to the people who use them. Release notes have a reputation for being boring, but we hope these change your mind. Ours give you the facts, and provide tangible, actionable takeaways—free of jargon … Read More

7 public transportation predictions for 2017

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We’ve dusted off our crystal ball, and taken a deep look into what 2017 has in store for public transportation. Here are our predictions: More users of public transportation than ever The debate over whether ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are good for public transportation was heated in 2016. Some spoke out in favor of ride-hailing as a last-mile … Read More

Planning Multimodal Trips in TransLoc Rider

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MultiModal Trip Planning in Rider

Imagine the following scenario: You’re packing up your things after work on a Friday when a text pops up on your phone. A friend has just won tickets to Hamilton and he’s inviting you to be his plus one…this weekend…in a city far away from yours. You text him back with an immediate “yes!” then launch TransLoc’s Rider app to … Read More

Enhancing mobility and ease of use through smart app technology

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Faced with the challenge of growing, managing infrastructure and improving the quality of life for residents, today’s cities are under immense pressure. As such, municipalities are embracing the smart city principle—where information and communication tech is integrated with the Internet of Things (IoT) to manage a city’s assets. At this year’s Smart Cities Summit in Boston, we, along with GoTriangle, … Read More

6 ways to future-proof your transit agency

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3 transit industry experts. 12 questions. 6 key takeaways It’s easy to talk about the future of transit like it’s a far off reality. In truth, advancements in technology, changing ridership needs, and new legislation are altering the public transportation landscape. What you project as next year’s concern may quickly become (another) current need. So, how do you tackle your … Read More

GoVoteNC! The app that gets you to the polls on Election Day

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We specialize in solving systemic problems through software, and we’re particularly focused on enhancing mobility for our local Raleigh-Durham community and dozens of others across the country. One of our most recent side projects combines the powers of open data, open application program interfaces (API) and public transit to provide a simple solution to something that impacts everyone – finding … Read More

4 Tech Trends in Transit Right Now

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This article was written in part by TransLoc Senior Account Executive Jimmy Jones. These days, it seems all you need to do is blink and the technology you’ve come to rely on has changed — and public transportation is no exception. Last week, I attended the Virginia Transit Technology Roundtable hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT). The Roundtable … Read More

We celebrated World Car Free Day— and here’s what happened

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Last week, we asked our employees (and the world) to leave their car keys at home on September 22, 2016 in celebration of World Car Free Day. How do you plan on going car-free on #WorldCarFreeDay? — TransLoc (@TransLoc) September 21, 2016 For some of us, World Car Free Day was the first time we’d ever taken public transportation. “Before … Read More

How to Celebrate World Car Free Day

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On Sept. 22, consider leaving your car keys at home — on purpose this time. Each year on Sept. 22, cities around the globe celebrate World Car Free Day in an effort to encourage individuals to reduce their impact on the environment by forgoing their personal vehicles. Admittedly, there’s a benevolent ulterior motive: a nudge to see if mass transit … Read More

The benefits and challenges of students using public transit

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It’s officially September, which means a few things: soon there will be pumpkin spice-flavored everything; weekends will be filled with football; and the last remaining schools are now in session, providing agencies with an influx of students as public transit passengers. Taking public transportation as a student and providing transit to students as an agency can present challenges. Of course, environment … Read More

1 Way to Improve Your Public Transit Marketing Strategy Right Now

Nicole GuernseyIndustry Thoughts, Marketing, TransLoc Blog3 Comments

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Currently, I’m attending the Association of Commuter Transportation (ACT) Conference in Portland. I’m giving a short presentation tomorrow on how public transit agencies can and should be marketing their services, focusing on free options like social media—yet I know few agencies will have the bandwidth to be able to implement these strategies. As I prepared for this talk, I felt … Read More

What’s missing from Tesla’s new public transport plan

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Elon Musk recently released part two of his master plan for Tesla. And predictably, especially for those who have seen Musk’s ability to tackle society’s largest problems, it’s causing some excitement. There’s a lot to love about the new plan. But one of Musk’s new key objectives could actually worsen the very problems he’s trying to solve: his declaration that autonomous buses of … Read More

Why culture matters – #TransLocLife in action

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It wasn’t until I had kids that I realized that all vacations aren’t the same. When you have three kids and are heading to the beach with 8 other families, a vacation isn’t relaxing. It’s fun. It’s a reunion. It’s a non-stop, Oreo-filled, reading-on-the-porch, jumping-in-the-waves, cleaning-sand-out-of-everything event. But it’s not relaxing. And when we finally return from the beach, I’ve … Read More

Will Autonomous Vehicles Kill Public Transit?

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It’s been 54 years since the Jetsons (a cartoon show depicting futuristic life in 2062) premiered on ABC, and while we aren’t quite to the point where flying cars populate the sky, we’re quickly approaching a world where passing an autonomous vehicle on your way to work could become commonplace. The introduction of the autonomous vehicle could mean big changes … Read More

GTFS – What is it and why does it matter to public transit?

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GTFS What is it and why does it matter to public transit

In my first few weeks of working at TransLoc, I frequently heard the term “GTFS feeds” passed around. Even after I was given a run-down of what it meant, I didn’t have a firm grasp of what GTFS feeds were and why they were actually important to transit agencies. After digging deeper, I’ve realized that the incorporation of GTFS feeds … Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Paratransit

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If you’re not familiar with Paratransit, you should be. As a special transportation service for people with disabilities, Paratransit is often provided as a supplement to fixed-route bus and rail systems by public transit agencies. These agencies’ Paratransit services come in a variety of forms, and vary widely in their degree of flexibility. Without Paratransit, however, countless Americans would be … Read More

Making Life Easier: In-Advance Scheduling for TransLoc OnDemand

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When we formally announced TransLoc OnDemand in late September of last year, we had served 10,000 rides, all of which were handled, well, on-demand. In other words, a rider requested a ride and a vehicle came to pick them up ASAP. As of today, we’ve served over 75,000 on-demand rides and now we’re thrilled to extend OnDemand to allow riders … Read More

Creating the Future of Mobility: What we’ve learned by integrating Uber into TransLoc Rider

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It’s been just under 2 months since we launched the Uber integration with TransLoc Rider in the Triangle and Memphis. With TransLoc Rider, users simply enter their destination to get the best route, one that combines walking, transit and Uber. The app makes the experience seamless; it even hails and books the Uber. Yet we know there’s room for improvement … Read More

10 Steps to Improve the Conversation Around Public Transit on Twitter

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My job is to provide the best marketing and social media support I can to TransLoc and to our customers. Sometimes, that means thinking outside the box. For example, how do I help transit agencies change the conversation around public transit? This might be one of the biggest problems with public transportation today—people shed a negative light on using public … Read More