Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration
Performance Period: January 2021 – June 2023
The USDOT envisions mobility on demand (MOD) as a multi-modal ecosystem where all travelers have safe, reliable, and informed mobility options that prioritize individual, on-demand mobility. The USDOT, through the strategic efforts co-lead by the FTA, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Intelligent Transportations Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), is promoting research that addresses persistent lack of transportation access for the most vulnerable Americans living in remote areas, constrained by physical disability or economic constraints.
The FTA established the Standards Development Program to focus on transit standards related to mobility, infrastructure, and safety. The program conducts research and analysis to determine the necessity of new standards or where existing standards are lacking. The program also seeks to identify existing standards that are not adequate or specific to transit and can be modified or enhanced for public transportation. Additionally, the program works with standards development organizations (SDOs) to create guidance documents, standards, or recommended practices for voluntary adoption in the industry.
This research project was developed as part of the FTA Standards Development Program encapsulating the vision of the USDOT for accessible, equitable, seamless, and complete trips for all travelers. As the transit industry is evolving rapidly to seek interoperability across public transportation systems and services and integrate alternative forms of mobility and technology advancements, the research aims to build upon ongoing USDOT efforts focusing on data exchange and interoperability between modes, platform vendors, and operators as part of the MOD ecosystem.