Using Microtransit Electric Low Speed Vehicles as a Means for Improving Quality of Life in Miami-Dade County

The services provided by public transportation systems increase the mobility and accessibility options of a community. In addition, transit improvements are one of the transportation demand strategies for enhancing community livability, as they offer affordable transportation alternatives and help reduce traffic congestion. They can provide access to employment, health, educational, and other services that improve the livability of communities. Therefore, implementing additional public transportation services will foster economic development and offer residents, workers, and visitors a full range of transportation choices that will result in an improved quality of life. The transportation services provided by local communities help in the creation of livable communities. They transport people on a daily basis to jobs, affordable housing, schools, shopping, and health care facilities. In Miami-Dade these services are provided by local trolleys, community buses, and shuttles. In addition, there are other transportation services used by the local communities. These can be services from Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber or Lyft and microtransit like Freebee or U-Ride that serve areas not covered by fixed route transportation services. This study concentrates on the microtransit services in Miami-Dade operated with electric low-speed vehicles used within several local communities. Lessons learned from these systems will be documented to assess their impact on quality of life of the community.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $92887
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTRT13-G-UTC56, 79063-02-B

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Center for Transit Research

      Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida
      4202 East Fowler Avenue, CUT 100
      Tampa, FL  United States  33620
    • Project Managers:

      Bertini, Robert

    • Principal Investigators:

      Cevallos, F

    • Start Date: 20190701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200531
    • Actual Completion Date: 20200630
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01736230
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Center for Transit Research
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC56, 79063-02-B
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Apr 15 2020 9:10AM