Just Transit is a community challenge with a simple goal: reduce emissions while increasing equitable transportation options.
Cities are changing. Communities are growing, but the density of those communities varies from concentrated urban growth to suburban expansion. Mobility options are increasing, but so are the questions and tradeoffs that city officials, urban planners, local nonprofits and entrepreneurs are facing:
- How do you build smarter transit routes, while ensuring equitable access to diverse and wide-reaching communities?
- How do you balance a car-commuting culture with increasing carbon emissions?
- How can you keep up with new technologies and mobility options like electric vehicles and ride-sharing, and determine which are the right ones for the future of your community?
In 2015, the Just Transit Challenge focused on some of these questions in San Francisco, mobilizing an established but disconnected network of transportation solutions to design the future of transit in the city, and to do so with innovative partnerships and a commitment to implement the solutions within two-years.
This year, the Just Transit Challenge is designed to discover innovative solutions in Fresno and Long Beach because we believe that everyone should get around town efficiently, that transit systems should work effectively, and that we can all breathe our air easily.
WHEN WE GET OUR WHEELS TURNING, THERE’S NO STOPPING WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER.
The 11th Hour Project designed the challenge in collaboration with transit experts, community partners, nonprofits, government agencies, and you. While we will carefully consider all ideas, the best ones will keep these principles in mind.
Leverage supply and demand to better utilize existing infrastructure
Stimulate alternatives to capital-intensive solutions
Public and Private Partnerships
Encourage cross-sector collaboration and mutually beneficial solutions
Demystify with Data
Mobilize information to increase transparency of transit systems
Trustworthy, Not Just Tolerable
Build trust between and among riders and providers
All About The User
Put the user experience at the center of an equitable mobility solution
December 16, 2016
Submit your innovative solution to transform transit in Fresno or Long Beach starting October 27, 2016. Applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on December 16, 2016 to be considered for judging.
A panel of expert judges will score solutions based on their potential to effect change in each of the cities’ transit systems. A total of $400,000 will be awarded to the best solutions help hit the ground running.