There’s a need for a new mindset in Detroit when it comes to mass transit and a transit system. When you look at the city as a whole, it still tends to lend more support to the Big 3 by keeping the city as car intensive as possible, versus working to add mass transit aside from the QLine and The People Mover.
Tiffany Chu, a co-founder of Remix, whom we caught up with at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, is on the cusp of something brilliant for transit woes permeating our cities. Remix is managing mobility and solutions around it by expanding capacity in cities that are in need of a mass transit strategy. Which today, is just about every city. Remix calls itself “the leading platform for shaping urban mobility.” And it just may be.
HOW REMIX WORKS
Chu describes the program as a data system in which “transportation data lives in different formats, systems, and silos. Remix brings together disparate data sources into one easy-to-use view of your city’s transportation picture.” Their work is used to help bridge the communication between a city’s Transit Department, Project Management, Public Works, and more, to offer a layer of collaboration within those departments, as well as the stakeholders, by using strategic data and planning mechanisms.
COLLABORATION IS KEY
Chu shares that there’s a collaborative layer to their program when it comes to learning and growing through the projects they work on. Currently, they are working with 325 different international cities, and when working with multiple locations they are able to blend and adapt the tactics to meet challenges in the new cities that come on board. In geographies close to Detroit, Remix is currently working with Windsor Ontario to fine-tune their transit system, as well as working with other Michigan-based locations such as Grand Rapids.
The company’s funding comes from an annual subscription that delivers the services to the cities that elect to be a part of it, and the preliminary way that Remix works with different cities is to find out what their biggest challenges, and then implement strategic tactics that have been used successfully in previous locations.
LET’S GO DETROIT
Though Detroit is working on bridging the gap between the QLine and the bus network with the DART pass, which provides one method to pay for bud use and the QLine, Detroit still has a long way to go. That’s just a payment system, and that system has yet to integrate more locations to catch mass transit in a timely fashion and to help reach into the suburbs. It would be interesting to see what Remix could for mobility in the city. How could it make everyone’s life a little easier when it comes to transportation scenarios? Can you imagine fully-fledged pedestrian zones, bike lanes, bus lanes and a speedy multi-county, multimodal transit system? Maybe we can start there, City of Detroit.