Gabe Klein, the former transportation chief for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C., has joined TransLoc, a technology provider of flexible, agency-owned microtransit solutions, as strategic advisor. Klein has held key positions in both the public and private sectors, and has been a leading voice for leveraging the use of data and technology to integrate mobility systems at the city and regional levels.
Klein has served as the Director of D.C.’s Department of Transportation and as the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, overhauling use of technology and government processes while focusing on putting riders first. He launched two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S., built protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure, and facilitated carshare and rideshare services to help achieve mobility goals.
Klein career has been centered on mobility and technology issues. As a co-founder of CityFi, he helps leaders and organizations grapple with 21st century challenges through the use of technology and people-centric principles. He helped build Zipcar as a VP from 2002 through 2006, and regularly consults with cities and private companies on shared transport systems. He was previously a senior visiting fellow for the Urban Land Institute and is also the author of “Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun.”
Klein’s appointment comes during a period of significant growth. The company also recently announced its status as a Google partner and the launch of its MicroTransit Simulator, a new predictive modeling service for rapid simulation of potential new demand-response transit services that leverages big data and proprietary, market-tested scheduling algorithms.