In an endeavor to promote sustainable mobility, Circuit, a prominent player in green transportation, has introduced its electric shuttle service in Southwest Washington’s Mobility Innovation District (MID). The service, which aims to enhance transportation options in the region, can be conveniently accessed and requested through Circuit’s mobile application.
Why It Matters
The Mobility Innovation District (MID) project is a transformative initiative supported by the District’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) and the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Backed by the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID), the MID is envisioned as a world-class innovation hub for mobility, presenting the potential of progressive policies, cutting-edge technology, and novel programs to revamp transportation and bring substantial benefits to local residents.
Circuit’s new electric shuttle service is geared towards benefiting the community in multiple ways. By creating local jobs and offering cost-effective transportation alternatives, it contributes to economic stability. As a 100% electric solution, the service reduces greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), thereby minimizing the environmental footprint. By enabling shared rides, Circuit increases the efficiency of the service and decreases its environmental impact. Offering rides for less than $3 per rider, the service is one of the most affordable means of transport in the area.
The service will extend beyond the Southwest and parts of the Southeast DC quadrants, with a fixed-route facility for workers and visitors at the DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) headquarters. Furthermore, Circuit will offer discounted rides to low-income DC residents via their RideWell program, thus improving accessibility and connectivity for all.
“This initiative showcases the power of cooperation between various public and private entities for the greater good of the community,” stated Alexander Esposito, CEO at Circuit. “We’re committed to providing affordable, convenient, and environmentally friendly transportation solutions to residents and visitors in the Mobility Innovation District. By reducing congestion and promoting sustainable mobility, we hope to foster a greener, more accessible community.”
SWBID’s Executive Director, Steve Moore, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership with Circuit, stating, “The MID is a beacon for purpose-driven innovation in the Nation’s capital. We’re eager to offer new transit options that prioritize safety, sustainability, and equity for our neighbors and visitors.”
Users can request rides through the Ride Circuit app, available on both iOS and Android platforms or via phone. The app enables users to book and track rides in real-time, offering a convenient, on-demand, low-cost transportation solution. Additionally, Circuit offers its vehicles as a platform for third-party advertisers aiming to make a positive impact in the community.