MVgo Ridership Projected to Top 130,000 Passengers in 2018
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, December 13, 2018 – Due to consistent ridership growth, the Mountain View Transportation Management Association (MTMA)’s MVgo shared shuttle service has undergone a number of significant upgrades this year, including the addition of five new, 30-passenger vehicles to its fleet and the launch of RIDEMVGO, a real-time vehicle tracking mobile application.
Ridership of MVgo has increased by over 35 percent since the program launched in 2015, despite the temporary closure of several large employer campuses in the North Bayshore area. 2018 ridership has risen by seven percent since 2017 and is expected to surpass 130,000 passengers by the end of the year.
“MVgo has been working dilgently to reduce traffic and improve public transit options throughout Mountain View’s Bayshore and East Whisman corporate campus districts,” says Janice Yuen, MTMA Board Chair and COO, Commercial Division at Sares Regis Group of Northern California. “We’re proud of our increasing ridership, and are excited to accommodate many more passengers with the addition of comfortable new buses and a new mobile real-time tracking app.”
MVgo’s five new, 30-foot vehicles increase the size of its current fleet by 30 percent and put its total number of buses at seven. The new vehicles feature both DriveCam dashboard cameras and Mobileye, a windshield-mounted collision avoidance system that sounds an alarm to alert the driver of potential hazards or collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, or lane dividers. DriveCam and Mobileye allow MVgo to ensure consistently safe service for passengers and improve MVgo’s ability to improve driver training.
The new real-time tracking mobile application RIDEMVGO provides passengers with an up-to-the-minute view of the MVgo shuttle system, including arrival estimates, live bus tracking, favorite stops and alerts, and service-driven push notifications. It can be downloaded for free in the Apple App and Google Play stores.
In an effort to encourage commuters to consider alternative and shared modes of transportation outside of the MVgo operating schedule, the MTMA will be partnering with Lyft and Uber starting in early 2019. The pilot program will offer discounted shared trips starting or ending in Mountain View from 10AM to 3PM. The MTMA is also looking to partner with Scoop and WazePool to promote the use of carpools for those commuting to or from Mountain View.
The free, MVgo shuttles are available for public use at clearly identifiable bus stops and are funded by MTMA’s Board Member companies, with some grant funding from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. MVgo’s routes and bus schedules can be found on MTMA’s website, MVgo.org, in addition to the RIDEMVGO app.
About Mountain View Transportation Management Association
The Mountain View Transportation Management Association (MTMA) is a nonprofit transportation agency founded in 2015 by companies and the City of Mountain View to operate a free, publicly accessible shuttle service under the name MVgo. Organizations that contribute to the MTMA include: Broadreach Capital Partners, City of Mountain View, Google, Intuit, LinkedIn, Microsoft, MV Campus Owner, LLC (Coursera and Atlassian), Samsung Research America, Sares Regis Group of Northern California, Sobrato Organization, Symantec, and Elementum.