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TransLink Tomorrow’s Open Call for Innovation seeks ideas on enhancing access to the public transit system

TransLink Tomorrow’s Open Call for Innovation seeks ideas on enhancing access to the public transit system

Customers with masks boarding the the RapidBus

As we emerge from the pandemic, we expect to see travel demand grow and shift across Metro Vancouver. Travel patterns and routines have also changed significantly over the course of the year, with many resorting to cars to move around the region.

That’s why as we look to the future and welcome back customers, we’re looking for innovative ways to simplify your transit experience.

The second topic of TransLink Tomorrow‘s 2021 Open Call for Innovation is “Enhancing Access to the Public Transit System” and it opens on Aug. 4. The challenge statement is, “How can we make the public transit system easier to use for our diverse customer groups as travel patterns evolve in 2021 and beyond?”

We’re seeking ideas to simplify our customers’ experience when boarding transit vehicles, ways to measure and predict customer flow through stations, and any other ideas to help ease your experience while using our system.

Solutions can range from innovations that make boarding transit vehicles easier for customers using micro-mobility or accessibility devices, to tools that will help us understand passenger flow through stations in real-time to reduce in-station congestion. We also welcome any other ideas that make returning to transit easier for returning customers who may have different travel needs than before the pandemic.

We welcome you to share your ideas at translink.ca/opencall during our submission period between August 4 and September 7 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Priority will be given to ideas that have been successfully tested in operational environments, can be deployed in our region in the near term, and are simple and cost-efficient.

TransLink Tomorrow is dedicated to improving mobility in Metro Vancouver through the exploration, testing, and implementation of innovative solutions. We’re looking to partner with industry leaders, innovators, academics and policymakers to collaborate on new mobility solutions that will help to enhance the livability of Metro Vancouver residents.

What is the Open Call for Innovation?

We believe good ideas come from anyone and everyone – and that includes you.

That’s why TransLink issues an Open Call for Innovation every year. Each Open Call invites submissions from the public and private sectors to address a transportation-related challenge that we face as a region. It’s all part of our broader plan to partner with industry leaders, innovators, academics, and policymakers to collaborate on new mobility solutions that will help enhance the livability of Metro Vancouver.

For successful submissions, TransLink offers funding and collaboration to incubate, develop, pilot, and implement your idea. We’ll work with you to make your good idea even better and help turn it into reality.

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