Lynx Announces “Uber for Transit”. Partnership with DoubleMap.
Indianapolis, Indiana August 12, 2015
DoubleMap, an Indianapolisbased transportation software company, today announced it has entered into partnership with LYNX, the public transit agency in Orlando, Florida. This partnership marks the first DoubleMap Client to combine both software concepts for DoubleMap, a fixedroute GPS bus tracking service, and an on demand ride hailing service built for public transit systems. LYNX CEO John Lewis describes it as “Uber for transit.” This solution will better utilize the Orlando urban transit system and make public transportation more accessible and convenient for all current and future riders.
LYNX customers will be able to download the free application to select their pickup and dropoff locations, list the number of riders they are traveling with (including wheelchair and bike options), and request a ride when the service is launched. Currently operating with ten vehicles in about fifty square miles, NeighborLink previously relied on a dispatcher to reserve, cancel, or check on trips. In an effort to keep up with the active and busy lifestyle of its riders, Lewis recognized that “time is our precious asset and working with an innovative company like DoubleMap will enable LYNX to provide the most efficient mobility options for our customers.”
This partnership will allow DoubleMap to integrate into LYNX’s preexisting NeighborLink, a program designed to make public transportation more accessible to residents in lesspopulated areas, using native solutions for iPhone and Android smartphones. “By building a new way for people to hail rides through their smartphones, and by using technology to alleviate dispatchers of their daytoday responsibilities, we have created an indispensable service for both endusers and organizations alike,” says Peter SerVaas, President of DoubleMap.
DoubleMap provides software that allows riders to track their bus in realtime and administrators the capability to change routes and voice announcements seamlessly. Over 90 clients are spread across 26 states, Australia and Africa, comprised of public transit systems, university transit systems, airports, hospitals and corporate campuses.