First Transit announces partnership with MaaS provider Moovit

Posted: 12 November 2020 | | No comments yet

First hopes that with this new partnership, passengers in the US and Canada will be able to search for transport and pay all within the same app, making their experience a lot more convenient and efficient.

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First Transit has announced a partnership with Moovit, the journey planner and Mobility as a Service app, in a move it hopes will simplify the way users access mobility across their services.

First says the partnership will enable it to bring Moovit’s MaaS solutions to public transit agencies of any size. It claims that alongside its own innovations, Moovit’s technology can simplify mobility for millions of commuters across the US and Canada. This is First Transit’s first partnership with a MaaS-focused provider, and one which it hopes will enable riders to plan, pay and ride all via one app.

Moovit says its app integrates all stages of the commuter’s journey, including trip planning, booking, e-tickets, and payments. Passengers use one application that allows planning and paying across multiple mobility services including bus, train, metro, ride-hailing, car-sharing, carpooling, and micro-mobility options such as bikes and scooters.

Alongside this, Moovit says its solutions provide real-time vehicle location, as well as operations data for administrators to optimise routing.

Brad Thomas, President of First Transit, was pleased with the new partnership: “First Transit’s partnership with Moovit gives passengers complete flexibility to plan and pay for their trip across multiple transportation platforms, all through one app and one combined payment.

“We constantly seek innovative solutions to increase mobility options and meet the evolving transportation needs of the communities we serve.”

Nir Erez, Co-Founder and CEO of Moovit, was equally optimistic about the new venture, saying: “We are delighted to partner with First Transit, which shares our vision of simplifying urban mobility by equipping public transit agencies with the tools they need to best serve their riders, which is especially critical now with the impact Covid-19 on mobility.

“The integration of Moovit’s MaaS solutions with First Transit innovations will offer millions of riders a safer and more efficient journey experience, including multi-modal trip planning and payment capabilities.”