Innovations in Transportation

From bike share to autonomous vehicles, there are constantly new innovations in the world of transportation. While we may be a few years away from self-driving cars, the northwest metro region has welcomed in new innovations in transportation to help provide equitable, accessible and sustainable mobility for all.

Shared Mobility

  • Casual Carpool on US 36: Casual Carpool on US 36 is the perfect program for the commuter whose afraid of commitment but wants a quick and cheap commute. Casual Carpool on US 36 allows people who would normally drive alone to cruise past traffic in the US 36 Express Lanes for free by helping to connect them with two riders headed in the same direction using the Waze Carpool application as its technology platform.
  • Via Mobility: Via Mobility is a full-spectrum mobility manager offering paratransit, travel training and mobility options information and referral services. Via also provides a wide range of community and group educational resources related to transportation for older adults, people with disabilities and others living with mobility limitations. Via Mobility operates in the RTD districts in the Denver metro region.
  • Uber: Founded in 2009, Uber started a peer-to-peer ridesharing revolution. Uber is a technology platform that allows people to order a ride using an app on their smartphone. Over the past years, it’s expanded to include a bicycle sharing platform, food delivery service and more. In 2018, Uber launched Uber Express POOL, a carpooling service that helped people reduce costs and carbon emissions by sharing a ride with someone going the same direction.
  • Lyft: Similar to Uber, Lyft is a peer-to-peer ridesharing service that operates in over 300 cities in the United States. Lyft has also expanded beyond being an on-demand transportation company to include a bike share program and investments in developing the technology for autonomous vehicles.
  • eCar Go Share: eGo CarShare is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit carsharing organization serving the Denver-Boulder metro area. They provide and promote alternatives to individual car ownership, thereby reducing the environmental and social impacts associated with motor vehicle use.
  • Waze Carpool: In October 2018, Waze announced the nationwide launch of their Waze Carpool application. Users can input their starting point and destination to be matched with other riders and drivers going the same way. It’s a commitment free carpool system that aims to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the roads. The Denver metro region served as a test market for the application leading up to its national launch.

Transit & Navigation Apps

  • RTD Trip Planner: The RTD Trip Planner app allows riders to plan their trips and provides real-time updates on their services. The RTD Trip Planner can be used on mobile devices and on web browsers.
  • Waze: Waze is a unique navigation platform because it provides real-time updates on routes by crowd-sourcing updates from their users. Users can mark where there is construction, an accident or police to let other drivers know what is ahead.
  • Transit: The Transit app helps with transit trip planning and is active in more than 175 cities worldwide. The Transit app helps with trip planning and provides real-time transit updates. The app also allows users to compare their travel options, such as transit, ridesharing and bikesharing so users can find their best trip.
  • TripGo: The TripGo app combines local public transit (bus, train, ferry, tram, subway, metro, rail) with private and other transport such as taxi, cabs, ride share, shuttle services, car routes and car sharing, motorbike, cycle routes, bike sharing and walking. TripGo delivers results in real-time: Up-to-the minute information on predicted departure/arrival times, GPS locations and service alerts make for accurate trip planning – TripGo keeps you up to date and on time.
  • Lime: Lime is a shared mobility application that allows users to rent scooters, bicycles, and transit vehicles either by the hour or through a membership in cities where Lime is operational. Lime is currently available in Denver.
  • Zagster: Zagster is the leading provider of bike share across the United States, operating 200+ programs in 35 states that make bikes available to more than 6.5 million people every day. The Zagster app allow users to find and unlock bicycles. Users can either rent bicycles by the hour or sign up for a membership plan. Zagster bike share is currently available in Longmont.
  • ofo: ofo is a bike share application that users can use to unlock bikes to enjoy bike sharing services any time, anywhere. The service offers easier-to-ride bikes and smart lock-to technology. ofo currently operates a bike share program at the University of Denver campus as well as in Aurora.
  • Bcycle: Bcycle is bike share service that operates in Boulder and Denver. To rent a Boulder Bcycle, you can choose a pass that works for you, find any Bcycle station and then unlock a bike! You can also download the Bcycle app to rent and unlock a bicycle.
  • Car2Go: car2go is hourly car rental without rental offices or return stations. Grab a car from the street and leave it anywhere in the designated car2go area in your city. You can choose the package that meets your needs for time, cost and mileage. Car2go currently operates in Denver.