Lynx Announces “Uber for Transit”
DoubleMap, an Indianapolis- based transportation software company, announced it has entered into partnership with LYNX, the public transit agency in Orlando, Florida. This partnership marks the first DoubleMap Client to combine both software concepts for DoubleMap, a fixed- route GPS bus tracking service, and an on demand ride hailing service built for public transit systems. LYNX CEO John Lewis describes it as “Uber for transit.”
LYNX customers will be able to download the free application to select their pickup and dropoff locations, list the number of riders they are traveling with (including wheelchair and bike options), and request a ride when the service is launched. Currently operating with ten vehicles in about fifty square miles, NeighborLink previously relied on a dispatcher to reserve, cancel, or check on trips. In an effort to keep up with the active and busy lifestyle of its riders, Lewis recognized that “time is our precious asset and working with an innovative company like DoubleMap will enable LYNX to provide the most efficient mobility options for our customers.”
This partnership will allow DoubleMap to integrate into LYNX’s preexisting NeighborLink, a program designed to make public transportation more accessible to residents in less- populated areas, using native solutions for iPhone and Android smartphones. “By building a new way for people to hail rides through their smartphones, and by using technology to alleviate dispatchers of their day--to--day responsibilities, we have created an indispensable service for both end- users and organizations alike,” says Peter SerVaas, President of DoubleMap.