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Transit Agency Grant to Include Ride Sharing in Ticketing App

The ability to plan a trip, purchase a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) transit pass and summon a driver for the last leg of the journey all within the same free app will soon will be possible with GoPass, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

DART intends to fully integrate ride-sharing services into its GoPass ticketing app. “GoPass is a payment tool that appeals to a diverse and vast audience,” says DART CFO David Leininger. There will be seamless integration with companies like Uber, Lyft and Zipcar, making the app much more powerful.

The grant comes via from the Mobility on Demand Sandbox program, which is part of a larger research effort at that supports transit agencies and communities as they integrate new mobility tools like smart phone apps, bike- and car-sharing and demand-responsive bus and van services.

Mobility on Demand Sandbox projects help make transportation systems more efficient and accessible, particularly for people that lack access to a car or are pressed for time. “From automated vehicles to connected infrastructure to data analytics, technology is transforming how we move around our country, and some of the most exciting innovation is happening at the local level,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These grants will enable cities and rural communities to harness new technologies to tackle hard problems like reducing congestion, connecting people to mass transit and enhancing safety.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge inspired cities, federal agencies, universities and the private sector to work together to harness new technologies.

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