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Las Vegas incorporates bike-share and transit payment into single app - SmartCitiesWorld

By merging transit and bike-share into one experience with Transit, riders can plan a multi-modal trip, purchase a transit pass, and unlock a bike with just a few taps.

Las Vegas has integrated its bike-share and transit systems into a single account and app, making it “easier than ever” for people to get around the area without having to drive.

By merging transit and bike-share into one experience with Transit, riders can plan a multi-modal trip, purchase a transit pass, and unlock a bike with just a few taps.

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The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) claims Las Vegas is the first city in the US to integrate its bike-share and transit payment systems into one app.

According to RTC, one in five already use Transit every day and previously had access to route information, real-time transit countdowns, bus crowding information, and transit passes in the app. Bike-share has seen increased popularity during the pandemic and RTC sought to bring the services together, creating a combined option that introduces new audiences to bike-share.

The new offering means RTC riders can also buy bike-share passes, locate and unlock bikes with their Transit account for its 21-station, 150-bike system to reach a final destination. RTC reports riders have paid for more than 65,000 trips with Transit since it launched ticketing in the app in January 2020.

“What happened in Vegas shouldn’t stay there: we’re already cooking up plans with our public transit partners across the country to integrate bike-share, scooters, and on-demand services into their own transit networks”

The technology behind this first-of-its-type integration in the US is the result of collaboration led by the RTC between Transit, bikeshare operator Bicycle Transit Systems, and BCycle, which provides bike-share hardware and technology. It builds upon the existing integration of RTC’s public transit fare products in Transit using the Justride SDK from Masabi, the company that powers mobile ticketing for the agency.

“We are proud to be the first transit agency in the US to fully integrate both bike share and transit passes in a single app,” said MJ Maynard, chief executive officer of RTC. “Providing this additional multimodal option is just another way we are meeting our community’s evolving transportation needs.”

In addition to RTC of Southern Nevada, riders can use their Transit account to purchase fares for more than 30 transit systems across the US and Canada, including: AC Transit in the San Francisco Bay Area; RTD in Denver; Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica; Metro in Cincinnati; and the ARTM in Montreal.


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