Hamilton, ON approves an on-demand transit pilot to fill transportation gaps in Waterdown area
City-owned HSR will introduce a smartphone app for Waterdown residents to request bus service. Transit riders select existing bus stops as pick-up and drop-off spots in the app. HSR plans on using buses rather than vans or shuttles to avoid unnecessary expenses. Waterdown was selected for the pilot due to a lack of public transit options in the community. A successful pilot could lead city officials to develop similar programs for outlying areas in need of flexible transport services.
Alice Springs, NT spurs local economic growth with myAlice Discount Voucher Program
Local residents receive $40 AUD in myAlice digital vouchers each day until funding is unavailable. Participating inns, restaurants, and shops accept vouchers as discounts for their goods and services. The town council reimburses each business for the discounted amount. Alice Springs plans three rounds of myAlice funding totaling $400,000 AUD with assistance from the territorial government.
Alice Springs, NT
Sheffield City Council, GB offered residents free access to the popular Smoke Free mobile app
Sheffield City Council offered 200 residents free access to the popular Smoke Free mobile app to help the public quit smoking. The Council also provided participants with a 4-week structured quit plan including virtual one-to-one support from a stop smoking advisor. The Council designed this programme to protect public health particularly considering smokers are at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
Sheffield City Council, GB
Allegheny County, PA recruits public transit users for contactless mobile payment pilot
The Port Authority of Allegheny County will test the Justride mobile app with the help of 400 transit riders. Each participant will acquire single fares, weekly passes, or monthly passes through Justride. The app produces a digital barcode used for payment aboard county buses. Transit officials will evaluate data from the three-month pilot before expanding use to light rail cars. App-based fare payments reduce the need for printed cards and expedite boarding processes.
Allegheny County, PA
West Palm Beach, FL selects Rosemary Square for participation in Coord Smart Zone pilot
Seven locations on Rosemary Avenue and Hibiscus Street are participating in the pilot. Delivery drivers use the Coord app to reserve and book loading areas in these Smart Zones. West Palm Beach can adjust the price and availability of loading areas in each Zone to manage traffic flows. The Smart Zone pilot will assess how Coord impacts downtown commerce, commuting experiences, and parking management.
West Palm Beach, FL
North Bay, ON adds flexibility to public transit with dynamic dispatching pilot
North Bay and Via introduced the myRide NBT Dynamic Dispatching app for the one-year pilot. Transit riders request pickup and drop-off locations and track their buses on the app. Via's software bundles multiple trip requests for each bus for more efficient use of transit vehicles than fixed routes. City officials selected evening hours six days a week and daytime hours on Sunday to test the system during low ridership periods.
North Bay, ON
Fremantle, WA creates incentives for parking app use with Parking Smartz campaign
Fremantle offered a free month of off-street parking for new PayStay app users who completed one parking reservation during a three-week period. Parking Smartz participants also entered a drawing for a year of free parking by completing a survey about their app experiences. The council selected five winners for this grand prize. PayStay tracks availability at all of Fremantle's street and carpark spots and offers a touchless payment option.
Narrandera, NSW installs Return and Earn Machines that reward resident recycling behaviors
Four machines produced by TOMRA issue a $0.10 AUD refund for every deposited recyclable item. Patrons choose to receive vouchers to Coles Supermarkets or donate their refunds to local charities. TOMRA's mobile app keeps track of recyclable item categories not currently accepted based on machine capacity. Narrandera makes the Return and Earn Machines available during the same hours as the Waste Depot to help residents consolidate their drop-offs.
Des Moines, IA adds smart parking system as part of downtown revitalization effort
The 18-month parking conversion replaces 3,000 street meters with 400 kiosks. Commuters find designated numbers next to spots that are entered into kiosks when paying parking rates. The Park DowntownDSM app offers another convenient method for locating and paying for downtown spots. Des Moines pursued the project in the midst of COVID-19 to maintain parking revenues, improve enforcement, and use data to improve traffic flow.
Des Moines, IA
Unincorporated ACT, ACT tests ChooseCBR digital voucher app ahead of the holiday shopping season
Registered users of ChooseCBR receive $40 AUD in digital vouchers to participating businesses each day. Discounts up to $20 AUD on qualifying purchases are applied when the user's phone is scanned. Local officials recruited more than 100 local shops, artists, and other vendors for the two-week pilot. The initial pilot offered $500,000 AUD in discounts funded by the local government available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Unincorporated ACT, ACT
Port Stephens, NSW completes smart parking meter project in Nelson Bay Central Business District
The Nelson Bay parking system combines in-ground sensors, smart meters, and the Park'n'Pay app to improve visitor parking. This project encourages greater turnover in congested areas while ensuring consistent meter revenues from tourists and shoppers. Port Stephens provided free parking permits to residents and businesses ahead of full implementation. A three-month pop-up shop in the CBD educated interested parties about the ins and outs of smart parking.
Port Stephens, NSW
Kingston, ON approves a drug analysis pilot that provides real-time intelligence on street drug use
City council members agreed to a 15-month pilot of analysis technology at Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC). Software developed by Spectra Plasmonics allows drug users to test small samples of street drugs prior to use. This platform analyzes drug types and toxicity to generate harm reduction resources for supervised users. KCHC and the City of Kingston will develop clearer pictures of street drug toxicity than those provided by autopsies and drug busts.