Written by Johanna Taskinen, Founder & CPO, Kyyti Group
Vamos Mobility is a project developing new rural transportation options in the San Joaquin Valley. The project is supported by California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) California Climate Investments program, which puts cap-and-trade dollars to work in the state, as well as contributions by local project partners. The project is administered by UC Davis whose ambition is to conduct research on how multimodal travel services and MaaS increase the less polluting travel in rural areas.
The seven transit agencies in San Joaquin Valley are providing relatively limited transit services over a large, rural area. Areas have a significant disadvantaged population with limitations on private car use. In addition to fixed routes there are multiple demand responsive services in the area, as well as taxis, TNCs and volunteer driver services. The problem has been that it is not possible to find information on all of these services in one place to travel from one area to another. Especially the demand responsive services – such as Van Go! of San Joaquin RTD – have been difficult to find and combine with the fixed transit routes.
The Vamos app powered by Kyyti was first launched in the beginning of 2020 with trip planning capability across all fixed and demand responsive services within the region. In October 2020 the capability to also purchase public transport tickets was introduced as a collaboration between Masabi and their EZHub service.
The deployment of the Vamos app consisted of setting up and configuring the already existing building blocks of Kyyti MaaS Platform:
- Tenant and admin panel for Vamos team as the merchant of record
- Intercom for online customer communication
- Stripe for payment service with automated clearing to the seven transit agencies
- Open Trip Planner setup (collaboration with Trillium)
- GTFS feed configuration for the seven transit agencies (collaboration with Trillium)
- User app variant creation and customization with Vamos brand and details
- Integration to Masabi’s mobile ticketing SDK (EzHub) for seven transit agencies
- Integration to the volunteer driver service VoGo booking
- Data exports about route search options and which options were actually selected and/or purchased (for UC Davis research purposes)
Now the Vamos app connects residents of California’s Central Valley with affordable and sustainable ways to get from A to B within and between San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. The app provides information and plans routes across all transit agencies in the two counties, including trips across multiple agencies and services, covering both fixed-route transit trips and connections to dial-a-ride services. Cycling routes are also suggested for shorter trips.
Furthermore the users can pay for the tickets all in one click directly from the route itinerary. Alternative transit tickets of the seven agencies can be purchased directly without a route search from the EZHub ticket store integrated to the Vamos app. This makes the Vamos app in practise the broadest digital ticket shop for local public transport services in the region. Tickets are currently available for San Joaquin RTD, Ace Rail, and transit in Escalon, Ripon, Manteca, Tracy and Lodi.
The story of Vamos continues with a three year funding secured through STEP and IMI grants from CARB. During the coming years the permanent organisational structure will be built for the multiple agency operation. Also new service integrations will take place such as bike and car sharing schemes.