Detroit's Chief of Mobility Innovation on transit pilots in a car-centric citySmart Cities Dive caught up with Mark de la Vergne to discuss Detroit’s transit innovations, the possible arrival of electric scooters and the future of public transportation.

Mark de la Vergne was appointed Detroit’s first chief of mobility innovation in late 2016, with a goal of adding new types of mobility service and technologies to what is already offered around the city.

With ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft growing in importance globally, de la Vergne got straight to work by helping launch the Detroit Mobility Innovation Initiative, a public-private partnership (P3) that looks to solve mobility gaps, help improve access to public transportation and get people around without the need to own a car.

One pilot already underway is a partnership between Lyft and the Detroit Department of Transportation, giving a $7 Lyft credit to riders who use certain bus stops between midnight and 5 a.m. The plan is to complement the fixed route service with ride-hailing to benefit those who travel late at night.

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