PITTSBURGH — A Pitt University research project is attempting to “democratize” and incentivize public transportation in Pittsburgh using public information screens and a mobile app, The Pitt News reports.

Currently in the pilot phase, the project involves installing screens, powered by startup company TransitScreen, displaying data from multiple feeds — including Port Authority buses, Pitt and UPMC shuttles, and Healthy Ride bikes.

Pitt researchers hope the data they’ve gathered from the “pilot program” will secure them a National Science Foundation grant, allowing them to implement phase two — an app with an incentive program, where discounts will be offered to travelers at local businesses. For the full story, click here.

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