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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) late last month awarded the Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) a $687,000 Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) challenge grant to develop a multimodal trip planning and payment integration feature in the Transit mobile application.
The grant will allow RTD and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to work with mobile ticketing provider Masabi and Transit to create an app feature that will allow riders to purchase both rail and bus tickets, book microtransit service options, pay for electric scooter trips and create a multimodal itinerary.
The project also will enable the agency to study how integrated ticket payments and multimodal trip planning affect rider behavior, assess additional needs of multiagency travelers, evaluate the impact on congestion along routes, and monitor the effect on local businesses that might cater to multiagency riders, RTD officials said in a press release.
The team’s work on the $1,023,000 initiative will begin soon and is targeted to roll out to the public by 2022, they said.
In addition to the grant funding, the project includes $336,000 in matching funds from RTD, CDOT, the Denver South Transportation Management Association, Via, Transit and Masabi.
FTA’s AIM program promotes forward-thinking approaches to improve financing, system design and service in the transit industry, RTD officials said. The FTA awarded $14 million in funding to support 25 projects in August.