Creating Agile Mobility Solutions in Times of Crisis: A Teem Ventures Workshop at CoMotion Miami
In this moment of unprecedented change, systems that worked well for the prior reality have to be completely re-thought to apply to our current environment. Organizations in public transit have felt this need as a critical resource for urban centers to move people and goods safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this critical area, Teem Ventures had the opportunity to collaborate with Carlos Cruz-Casas, Assistant Director of Strategic Planning in Miami-Dade County, during our workshop on Day 2 of CoMotion Miami earlier this month. Together, we focused on identifying key challenges that transportation and transit planners have experienced as they quickly reacted to changes in transport volume and routing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this highly interactive workshop, participants were focused on solving current situational problems for the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. Having been given a choice, attendees chose to ideate and solve for the challenge of “How might we quickly and economically enable an on-demand pool of mobility services that can transport people safely during a crisis?”.
A group of over 30 attendees stretching from Silicon Valley to Paris contributed their ideas and expert knowledge toward the challenge problem. As a result, Teem and the attendees developed an actionable plan for a solution that could be quickly implemented for on-demand transit to provide the highest community impact for Miami-Dade County.
Attendees talked through many ideas and solutions and determined the top four solutions based on community impact and time to market were:
- Earned credits for additional transit options rewarding positive behavior
- Leveraging existing shuttles from hotels that are brokered by Miami-Dade county on request
- Cargo E-Bike
- Type of transit you need or preference on price, safety or speed
Through the facilitated dialogue, it was decided that the ‘sweet spot’ solution, where the highest community impact and shortest time to market would be seen was, in fact, leveraging existing shuttles from hotels that are brokered by Miami-Dade county on request to fulfill peak needs for safe transport.
Check out the full video of our workshop to see how attendees broke down the challenges and personas to reach viable solutions and gain insight into the questions that need to be answered to validate and derisk final solutions. We hope this framework can be helpful as other organizations tackle their own challenges to innovate in the face of rapid change.
A big thank you to the Comotion team Tim Gibrauldi, Anthea Zheng, and John Rossant for a great event and Carlos Cruz-Casas and Jarice Rodriguez at Miami-Dade for your insights and collaboration!