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Fabian Cevallos, Ph.D.

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National Center for Transit Research at the Center for Urban Transportation Reserach

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The services provided by public transportation systems increase the mobility and accessibility options of a community. In addition, transit improvements are one of the transportation demand strategies for enhancing community livability, as they offer affordable transportation alternatives and help reduce traffic congestion. They can provide access to employment, health, educational, and other services that improve the livability of communities. Therefore, implementing additional public transportation services will foster economic development and offer residents, workers, and visitors a full range of transportation choices that will result in an improved quality of life. The transportation services provided by local communities help in the creation of livable communities. They transport people on a daily basis to jobs, affordable housing, schools, shopping, and health care facilities. In Miami-Dade these services are provided by local trolleys, community buses, and shuttles. In addition, there are other transportation services used by the local communities. These can be services from Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber or Lyft and microtransit like Freebee or U-Ride that serve areas not covered by fixed route transportation services. This study concentrates on the microtransit services in Miami-Dade operated with electric low-speed vehicles used within several local communities. Lessons learned from these systems will be documented to assess their impact on quality of life of the community.