More than one-third of U.S. residents have special transportation needs with many elderly and...

More than one-third of U.S. residents have special transportation needs with many elderly and disabled individuals relying heavily on ADA paratransit, which often involves advanced scheduling, shared rides, and longer commute times. 

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MV Transportation announced the release of MV PathwaysTM, the company’s solution to help communities and transit agencies expand personal mobility for individuals with physical motor limitations.

MV Pathways provides ability-based pedestrian trip guidance that enables individuals to be trained to safely use more accessible and less costly fixed-route buses. 

“For 45 years, MV has maintained a vision to improve the mobility of individuals in the communities we serve,” said Tom Egan, MV CEO.  “We developed the Pathways solution to enable our transit customers to bring even greater accessibility to their mobility challenged riders.”

The Pathways solution features a cloud-hosted technology platform, secure integration to leading public transit passenger and scheduling software, access to crowdsourced pathway route characteristics that align with the OpenSidewalks and OpenStreetMap geographic information data standards, and structured rider travel training courseware and trained instructors.

MV Pathways was first implemented in early 2021 in collaboration with King County Metro in Seattle.

King County Metro’s collaboration with MV was recently recognized for the Innovative Solutions Award for Accessibility, honoring bus operations and their partners who have implemented initiatives that helped them save money, run more efficiently, streamline operations, increase safety, improve customer satisfaction, increase ridership, and more.

“For too long, cities, counties and transit systems have lacked coordination in our efforts to bring equity to our public infrastructure,” said Christina O’Claire, King County Metro mobility division director. “Our program, utilizing MV’s Pathways solution, provides game changing innovation that allows us to partner with each other and the community to collect and analyze this data together.”