Recognized for Improving Lives of Others Through Agency-Owned Microtransit
DURHAM, NC., February 25, 2019– TransLoc’s Municipal Mobility leader Elaine McVey was honored with a “Women in Business Award” from the Triangle Business Journal, a leading provider of business news for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
McVey was recognized with the “Leader in STEM Award” which honors women who have improved the lives of others by helping start a business, product or service in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
As a data scientist who is the author of several patents, Elaine has improved the lives of countless Americans by helping start an innovative type of transportation technology that gives citizens more accessibility to transit. Agency-owned microtransit helps transit agencies deploy technology to provide on-demand ridesharing service to areas that have transit gaps. It has been particularly transformative for seniors and people with disabilities who were stuck at home and didn’t have a way to get around their communities. Now, with TransLoc’s microtransit services, life has been transformed for people like Citrus Heights, California wheelchair user Alfred Sanchez, who said, “Well, you rely on other people to take you where you want to go. So you lose a little bit of your freedom that way. So, it really just makes you feel not as free as the next person.” The new service has been life changing for Sanchez. He continued, “It helps my mental health just to be able to know that I can go somewhere. I can go to a movie, I can go to a show, I can go visit a relative, I can go see my friends. They should call it Freedom Ride because that’s what it does for you.”
Currently, TransLoc has 56 contracts with American transit agencies and is the market leader in this category. McVey established TransLoc’s data science function and built the team that conceptualized and developed the practice of simulation to help cities confidently design and operate algorithm-driven microtransit services that has become an industry standard.
“Elaine has been an outstanding leader for our microtransit efforts as we enable public transit agencies to offer flexible, on-demand ridesharing services,” said TransLoc CEO Doug Kaufman. “It has been rewarding to hear how these services have been changing riders’ lives by creating a more equitable, accessible and sustainable mobility option. With Elaine at the helm of the Municipal division, I am confident we will continue to create big impact as we pursue our mission to make public transit the first choice for all.”
Hailed by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies in transportation, TransLoc, a Ford Smart Mobility company*, is the maker of mission-critical transit operations solutions for flexible on-demand and fixed route systems for both public and private transit agencies, and university and business campus transit systems. Today, TransLoc is the largest provider of agency-owned microtransit systems for municipal transit agencies in the U.S., with the company’s products used at more than 400 agencies. TransLoc is also proud to be a Google Partner through the company’s transit data business. To learn more, visit TransLoc.com or follow on Twitter at @TransLoc.
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*On March 1, 2022, global technology company Modaxo acquired TransLoc from Ford Motor Company. TransLoc is no longer affiliated with Ford or any Ford properties.