City of Pittsburgh launches mobility as a service, Universal Basic Mobility pilot

Pilot to provide 100 local low-income residents with monthly transit subscriptions and shared mobility services 

July 12, 2021 / 2 minute read
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The City of Pittsburgh recently launched Move PGH—a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) system that integrates transit and shared mobility in both physical and digital “mobility hubs” designed to make multimodal travel in the city easy and convenient.  

This new system of integrated services enables the second program, a “Universal Basic Mobility” pilot, which will provide up to 100 local low-income residents with monthly transit subscriptions and shared mobility services to address mobility insecurity, the City says.

"Transportation mobility is key to economic mobility and a major determinant in household health, education, and welfare. In Pittsburgh, too many residents are one missed bus or one flat tire away from losing their job or missing a critical appointment,” Mayor William Peduto said in a statement. “Universal Basic Mobility, using the services of Move PGH, will demonstrate that when people have a readily available transportation back-up plan they are able to access more opportunities and climb the economic ladder.” 

The City says Move PGH is the first integrated MaaS project in the U.S. to connect traditional and emerging low-cost, shared transportation options into a single system. Travelers can find a bus, bike, scooter, moped, car, or shared ride using the Transit app or by visiting one of the 50 new mobility hubs throughout the city.  

Led by the City's Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) and built around existing foundational systems of public transit and bike share, Move PGH integrates a coalition of existing and new “last mile” service providers organized by Spin including: a new fleet of shared low-speed electric scooters; expanded carshare services; a fleet of electric mopeds; carpool matching and commuting services; electric charging for e-scooters; real time transit and mobility information at mobility hubs; and trip planning and booking.

In addition to improving transportation flexibility and resiliency for the general public, the Move PGH Universal Basic Mobility demonstration will specifically test if reliable access to transit and a range of shared mobility options improves employment and health outcomes for low-income workers and their households.  

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SOURCE: City of Pittsburgh

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