The Innovative Transportation Index is a report (PDF) that lists the top cities when it comes to having a synchronized union of “technology and transportation” (i.e., transportation apps). The reason for the ranking is that a good system of transportation apps improves the ability for “more Americans to live full and engaged lives without owning a car.” Modern life (for millennials, in particular) = a new generation, a new era, and one that enjoys a diversity of multimodal transit options. With this generation, new technological tools have sprouted and grown as quickly as bamboo.
“This report reviews the availability of 11 technology-enabled transportation services – including online ridesourcing, carsharing, ridesharing, taxi hailing, static and real-time transit information, multi-modal apps, and virtual transit ticketing – in 70 U.S. cities.”
Calling attention to the residents of 19 cities that have a combined population of nearly 28 million people, the report shows that this section of US urban areas have access to eight or more of these services. Here’s a table of cities with the most abundant array of resources:
|City||Number of Services||Number of Service Providers|
|2||San Francisco, CA||10||23|
|4*||Los Angeles, CA||9||19|
|4*||New York City, NY||9||19|
|8*||San Diego, CA||9||16|
Cars (hopefully electric) are not out of the picture, as The Frontier Group explains. “Even when these services provide access to a car, they still make it easier for Americans to cut their auto dependence by enabling easy access to a vehicle without the constant use associated with ownership.”
Apps to help sort out the ins and outs of a trip can save time with planning. This is especially nice with a busy schedule. Planetsave.com featured an article on TripGo, which tackles this topic. “The really nice thing is that TripGo doesn’t lock you in to one transport mode or preference. You can choose the most efficient, fastest, or cheapest route. Overall, TripGo brings in 10 different types of public, private, or personal transportation. (10 different types!?).”
For more on this topic, the Rocky Mountain Institute has another post on apps worth a read: 6 Lessons Retail Electricity Pricing Can Learn from Parking Apps.
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