Guadalajara Data Collection and Journey Planner

We have been awarded a contract to map the informal transport of Guadalajara, Mexico for IMEPLAN (City of Guadalajara agency) and launch a journey planner app for the City. It includes funding from GIZ, the German development agency, and NUMO, a non-government agency – and will include WRI Mexico as the project management unit.

We will generate detailed data on all of Guadalajara’s formal and informal public transport – valuable itself, and necessary to enable a high-quality mobility app.  Second, we would generate demographic and travel data from travellers’ use of the mobility app. To help promote sustainable mobility, we would innovate to include cycling and bike sharing in the mobility app.  Third, we would administer a web-based mobility survey, available to all members of the public.  Finally, our team would analyse data and provide expert transport planning recommendations to optimize public transport and cycling network design.

We will be partnering with WRI Mexico, GIZ Mexico and NUMO as new partners – and benefiting from their networks and pipelines. This is really a great start for us in Mexico, which is a market very similar to South Africa. We have bids at the moment in at Puebla, Monterrey, Cancun and Mexico City – so Mexico should be a very strong market for us in the near future.

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Austin Metro – Onboard Surveys for Capital Metro Network Redesign

On the 24th September 2019, the Board of Capital Metro awarded their 2020 Onboard Survey to our consortium. This is our first contract win in the United States, and it is in the really trendy city of Austin, Texas. Capital Metro has redesigned their network, and want to collect the user perceptions and experiences emanating from the redesign.

Our role is back-office processing, technology development and quality assurance – and it is a product/offering that about 150 transit agencies in the US require on an ongoing basis (every 3 years), so the market size is significant for this type of work.

Our partners in this bid are Ascendal USA and CCR (a Houston-based survey firm who did the previous survey in 2015). We were not the lowest-price offer here, so we were awarded this project principally on merit. Also worth noting is that this proposal went in to the client in July, we presented in August, andwe have secured the contract in September – so it falls in line with our objective to find more deals that close faster – and this deal is a seminal example of this.

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Buenos Aires Bus Network Redesign – Pilot Module

Ascendal have won a contract in Buenos Aires to pilot a new approach to a bus network redesign for the municipal busses in Buenos Aires – a bid they won due to our technical ability. Although we have been working with Ascendal for the last 12 months – this is the first win   One corridor will be used to test our approach to bus reform. Our approach is to map the routes (as we did in Kigali) and assessing the changes and improvements that can be made for one depot. The outputs should identify ways in which the service can be moderated using data collected and synthesized from multiple sources.