MTC joins ‘Startup in Residence’ program to help solve regional transport challenges

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San Francisco’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has been selected to participate in the successful Startup in Residence (STIR) program, which connects government agencies with startups to develop innovative technology solutions for civic challenges.

MTC is the regional transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Over 16 weeks from February to May of 2018, prospective startups will embed within MTC to address various challenges, such as improving traffic incident information for emergency responders, helping transit riders with disabilities submit online applications for discounted fare cards, and better integrating public transport service data from the region’s more than 30-plus transit operators. Startups and entrepreneurs interested in tackling these issues and getting an inside look at one of the USA’s largest metropolitan planning organizations have until December 10 to apply and be a part of the STIR program.

The STIR program began in 2014 as a pilot in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, and in 2015 expanded to city governments in Oakland, San Leandro and West Sacramento, with support from a US Department of Commerce Grant. For 2018, the program is partnering with the City Innovate Foundation to grow into a national network of government organizations working together to modernize government, including 10 cities, one county, and the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The STIR program offers education for government and startup staff in areas including partnership, procurement, open data, civic technology trends, the technology marketplace, and new methods of product development and procurement.

“Innovation is key to achieving a stronger transportation system that works for everyone, while promoting economic vitality, and protecting our environment,” said MTC deputy executive director for operations, Andrew Fremier. “We are excited to work with STIR to explore ways to use technology to further advance and streamline efforts to address the needs of the growing Bay Area population.”

San Francisco’s Mayor, Edwin M Lee, commented, “The Startup in Residence program began in San Francisco as an effort to tap into new ideas and utilize the talents of new partners to help solve the challenges facing our residents. We are proud that these cities from across the country are embracing our commitment to innovate and modernize our government.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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