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Local Company Gets the Nod to Develop Trip Planning App

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Smart Columbus has selected the locally-based company MTECH Solutions to develop the trip planning and common payment system app that has been touted as a key element of the project.

The app would allow users to plan trips across multiple platforms and systems, comparing (and combining) the many different mobility options now available in Columbus, including CoGo, Lime, Bird, Lyft, Uber and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).

It would also, eventually, offer a way for users to pay for each of the different options in a single place. And for those without access to a credit card, a cash-based option would be available.

Smart Columbus and COTA issued a request for proposals (RFP) in August seeking a vendor, stating at the time that a public version of the planning app could be available as soon as next summer.

Columbus City Council will consider legislation to approve the selection of MTECH at Monday’s council meeting.

In other news from Smart Columbus, a press release from late October touted some good numbers on the electric vehicle adoption front. Total sales of electric vehicles from the seven-county Columbus metropolitan area inched past 1 percent of overall vehicle sales for the first time this summer. That compares to just 0.37 percent of sales when Columbus applied for the Smart City Challenge in 2016.

Also, a new website was launched earlier this month that aims to share some of the lessons learned by the Smart Columbus team with other city leaders and policy makers. The site, called the Smart Columbus Playbook, also serves as a good general overview of the progress made so far by the public and private partners working on the multifaceted initiative.

Additional Reading: Smart Columbus Roundup

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