|TO: ||Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee Members|
|FROM:||Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager|
|DATE: ||May 22, 2018|
DISCUSSION TO EXPLORE OPPORTUNITES TO EXPAND THE USE OF SERVICES LIKE FREEBIE AND THE COMMUNICATIONS TO POTENTIAL RIDERS
KEY INTENDED OUTCOME:
Ensure Comprehensive Mobility Addressing All Modes Throughout The City
On-demand transit service is a way to provide connections between trolley stops and final destinations/trip origins, ease congestion, and address limited parking availability. Some cities have begun on-demand first/last mile service with operators such as Uber and Lyft. More locally, in Miami-Dade County, some cities have contracted on-demand electric-powered transit vehicle operators to fill this niche. These services are generally provided at no charge to the passenger. Other new, innovative technologies may also be available to provide this service.
The City is exploring a potential partnership intended to provide on-demand transportation service in areas not currently served by the City's Trolley service and at no charge to passengers or the City.
Earlier this year, the City issued a Request for Letters of Interest (RFLOI) for On-Demand Transit Service, and responses were received on March 2, 2018. Staff is currently reviewing the proposals received in response to the competitive solicitation.
The proposed City of Miami Beach On-Demand Transit Service is intended to connect to/from existing County bus stops and/or City Trolley stops to enable passengers to complete the first leg and/or last leg of their trip. The service is anticipated to decrease the use of single occupancy vehicles and increase the use of existing trolley, transit, and bicycle sharing services for both current and new customers.
The City anticipates that the on-demand transit service will use small-sized mass transit or shared vehicle options to provide a flexible feeder and distributor system for high capacity, high frequency transit services. Trips are anticipated to be short distances and to originate at employment centers, retail and entertainment destinations, and residential areas. Passenger wait time for the on-demand service is anticipated not to exceed 5-10 minutes. Communication with passengers in terms of requesting a ride is anticipated to occur through both smart phone mobile applications and phone service.
The Transportation Department will provide additional updates as the procurement process moves forward.