The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established an Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) initiative to provide grants to develop model deployment sites for large-scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment.
Advanced Mobility Group (AMG) assisted Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) with the development of a grant application to support implementation of the Bay Area Mobility-On-Demand (MOD) Project, a subproject of Innovate 680’s Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). In April 2019, CCTA was successfully awarded an $8 million ATCMTD grant to implement the Project. For more on CCTA’s Innovate 680 program and MaaS visit ccta.net.
In Contra Costa County, 93 percent of trips are taken by automobile. As the 8th most congested corridor in San Francisco Bay Area, travelers on I-680 experience significant delays and inconsistent traffic flow; with delays expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
As a cornerstone of CCTA’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program, the Project seeks to expand transportation alternatives by combining available mobility options into an intuitive mobile-user interface. The Bay Area MOD app will be a one-stop shop to assist travelers with mobility choices by seamlessly connecting multiple forms of shared and active transportation. It will provide real-time multi-modal trip planning options based on a user’s origin and destination. The app will include a uniform payment system and offer incentives based on time of day and mode to incentivize and reward desired travel behaviors.
The Project will improve upon existing trip planning and currently available real-time transit information, integrated with innovative mobility assets, to offer next-generation services like last mile transit service supported by connection protection and offer an environmentally-sound alternative to private auto use.
The Bay Area MOD Project is currently developing an integrated and scalable platform and application (app) to reduce traffic congestion in the I-680 Corridor and surrounding communities
Phase 1 began in early 2020 and will be developed over a three year period.
The Project will be implemented in multiple phases:
- Phase 1: Deliver a platform that is scalable to the region and portable at the state or national level by using open-source and national architecture standards
- Phase 2: Expand the platform countywide with the help of BART and other key regional partners
- Phase 3: Seek to expand the platform to the greater Bay Area
Offering an app with real-time travel information will take the guess-work out of planning a trip from start to finish.
On-demand data about congestion, mode availability, and pricing will allow users to choose the trip that is the most time-efficient or cost-efficient.
REWARDS FOR GREEN TRAVEL
Providing incentives for using greener modes of travel may decrease vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and improve air quality for all.
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