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.
Epping Forest District Council, GB expands transit reach with Demand Responsive Transport pilot
Transit riders request rides aboard a seven-seat shuttle for peak morning and evening periods. An online form gathers trip information to combine common destinations in the same shuttle. Demand Responsive Transport focuses on council buildings, hospitals, and train stops that may not be served as well by fixed-route buses. The council is working with nonprofit Epping Forest Community Transport to conduct the three-month pilot and evaluate potential expansion.
Epping Forest District Council, GB
Sheffield City Council, GB is letting taxi drivers borrow electric vehicles on a trial basis
Sheffield City Council is introducing a scheme to let local taxi drivers borrow an electric taxi on a trial basis. The fleet of 11 electric taxis will be available for short term trials lasting two to four weeks. The scheme will give drivers hands-on experience with electric taxis without the overhead costs. The Council designed this scheme to encourage taxi drivers to upgrade their vehicles.
Sheffield City Council, GB
Derby City Council, GB invites businesses to try electric vehicles with the Electric Van Experience
The council offers 50 plug-in vans for short-term lease by companies and nonprofits. Each lease lasts up to three months with insurance covered by the council. Participants can request the free installation of an EV charger for the duration of the pilot. Derby City Council will survey participants on how the vehicles perform on local roads and motorways. This program readies businesses for a national ban on carbon-emitting vehicle sales by 2030.
Derby City Council, GB
Holdfast Bay, SA initiates suburban food waste collection trial to lessen landfill contributions
The council selected 1,000 households across four suburbs to participate in the year-long trial. Each household receives a weekly collection of their food and organic waste bin. Council officials switched applicable households to biweekly general waste collections during the pilot. Holdfast Bay supplied participation bin stickers, compostable bags, and program guides at the outset. The collected waste is converted into fertilizer for local farms rather than adding to the landfill.
Holdfast Bay, SA
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
Rochester, NY begins Person in Crisis pilot for alternative responses to mental health crises
The six-month pilot will dispatch a two-person PIC team on 911 and 211 calls related to non-violent health issues. The team features a mental health practitioner and a social worker on call 24 hours a day. PIC interventions include de-escalation techniques and crisis counseling once the scene is deemed secure. Residents with psychological and substance abuse issues are referred to additional services that improve their health outcomes.
Enfield Council, GB pilots a smart drainage scheme using sensors to identify overflowing gullies
Enfield Council is piloting a smart drainage scheme which uses sensors and 4G communications to identify overflowing gullies. The Council installed smart sensors to monitor drains and provide instant warnings of sharp rises in water levels. The system's online portal shows the water depth under the gulley, indicates blockages, and measures grid temperature. Automatic alerts when the water level in a gulley exceeds the outflow pipe helps the Council react before there is any property damage.
Enfield Council, GB
Mount Gambier, SA eases household bulk waste concerns with collection trial
Every household in Mount Gambier was eligible for one free collection of up to two cubic meters. Participating households reserved pickup times for televisions, furniture, and other bulky items during the six-month pilot. The council hired temporary collection staff who were financially impacted by COVID-19. The Bulky Waste Trial allowed the waste management staff to divert waste from the landfill through recycling or reuse.
Mount Gambier, SA
Birmingham City Council, GB launched a Clean Air Hydrogen Bus pilot with 20 new double deckers
Birmingham City Council launched the Clean Air Hydrogen Bus pilot by purchasing 20 new hydrogen double decker buses for deployment in Spring 2021. The buses manufactured by Wrightbus are the world's first zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell double deckers. The hydrogen buses consume four times less fuel compared to standard diesel buses and are expected to save up to 79.3 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Birmingham City Council, GB
Birmingham City Council, GB launched an accommodation housing pilot to help vulnerable residents
Birmingham City Council launched a supported accommodation housing pilot to help vulnerable residents live as independently as possible. The pilot involves creating a Charter of Rights to make tenants aware of the services, requiring a Quality Standard for accommodation service providers, and employing additional inspectors and social workers. The Council designed the pilot to improve its regulation of the accommodation housing sector.
Birmingham City Council, GB
Birmingham City Council, GB partnered with Voi to launch a one-year trial of e-scooters
Birmingham City Council partnered with Voi to launch an e-scooter trial in the region for one year. The e-scooters will be accessible to the public in the city centre and they will be allowed on any road with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. The e-scooters will not be permitted to go over 15.5 mph on roads or over 5 mph in pedestrian areas. The Council designed the trial to encourage e-scooter travel as a healthier environmentally-friendly alternative to car travel on short journeys.
Birmingham City Council, GB