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The Mobility Innovation District (MID) Launches in Southwest DC with Mayor Muriel Bowser To Serve As A Scalable Model For Cities’ Public Transit

The Mobility Innovation District (MID) Launches in Southwest DC with Mayor Muriel Bowser To Serve As A Scalable Model For Cities’ Public Transit

With 1 in 4 Americans Experiencing Transportation Insecurity, The MID Will Offer an Innovative Mobility Testbed That Can Be Replicated Across Communities

Washington, DC – October 20, 2022 – Today, the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) celebrated its launch of Washington, DC’s first Mobility Innovation District (The MID). The SWBID was joined by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio, District Department of Transportation Director Everett Lott and Senior Advisor for Research & Technology at the US Department of Transportation Ben Levine.

The launch event introduced The MID as a multi-year project establishing Southwest DC as a purpose-driven innovation hub for mobility. Portions of the Southwest quadrant lack reliable access to transportation, often preventing people from accessing opportunities and basic necessities. The MID’s ability to bridge the gap in locals’ access to essential jobs, services, and healthcare through increased mobility options will ultimately enhance their quality of life and connectivity while demonstrating how these policies, programs, and technology can be scaled regionally and nationally.

“We are excited to introduce The MID as DC’s first mobility innovation district,” said Steve Moore, Executive Director of the Southwest BID. “Originating in our nation’s capital and the center of federal policy and innovation, The MID will be a catalyst for positive change starting in the Southwest community and throughout the region with impactful, sustainable mobility projects that can eventually be scaled to other areas of the country. We are grateful to Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor Falcicchio for their investment in The MID and for helping us develop this critical mobility solution.”

Keynote speakers gave remarks about the potential lasting impact of The MID on a local, regional, and national scale. In addition, The MID offered exclusive previews of some of the cutting-edge electric vehicles, scooters, and bicycles that will power The MID, such as Spin, SparkCharge, Circuit, and Coaster Cycles.

During the event, Circuit was announced as the winner of The MID’s call for projects, which opened in May 2022. Circuit will manufacture a new shuttle service for residents and visitors that will circle the Southwest neighborhood, bringing them to different restaurants, places of interest, and work locations. Circuit is a micro-transit company that has earned a reputation for all-electric, on-demand transportation solutions. Its ultimate goal is to reduce congestion and its harmful environmental effects on the environment and our quality of life. Circuit will help connect some of the city’s leading attractions and top dining destinations with fixed transit options and economic opportunities while being green.

Today, the SWBID also announced two new calls for projects focused on Universal Basic Mobility (UBM) and Electrification Solutions. The UBM project will provide residents with transportation benefits they can use on a wide range of public and privately operated shared transportation modes. The electrification call for projects will accelerate the accessibility and adoption of new, sustainably-powered mobility options.

“Through the activation of our beautiful waterfront, we have brought more jobs, opportunities, retail, restaurants, and entertainment to Southwest DC. In turn, that means more people coming to and through the community,” said Mayor Bowser. “By creating the Mobility Innovation District, we can reduce congestion, ensure more neighbors are benefiting from new opportunities, and build a greener, more sustainable DC.”

“On behalf of the US Department of Transportation, I congratulate the Southwest BID and DMPED on bringing this transformative project to fruition,” said Ben Levine, Senior Advisor for Research & Technology at the US Department of Transportation. “The MID will serve as a model for innovative mobility projects with the capacity to transform DC and other metropolitan cities across our nation by supporting the communities and residents whose lives are most impacted by transportation insecurity.”

The MID’s mission is to always be community-first by filling transportation gaps and serving our neighbors in a uniquely future-forward way. It can connect leaders with advanced modes of transportation and economic mobility projects nationwide while improving mobility for those who experience transportation insecurity. The MID will also be a hub for on-the-ground testing to help inform policy research and development.

For more information on The MID, please visit dcmid.io.

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About The MID

Headquartered in Southwest DC, the MID (Mobility Innovation District) plants the seed for future-forward mobility solutions that position safe mobility options as an answer to systemic urban issues that improve quality of life and access for all. The public-private partnership uses on-the-ground testing and mobilizes global technology partners to drive local-first solutions, then serves as a template for fixing disadvantages in cities across the country. The project is funded and supported by DMPED.

About the Southwest BID

The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) is a 501(c)(6) corporation that was established in December of 2014. The SWBID spans 483 acres south of the National Mall, including the SW Federal Center, the District Wharf, and the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. The work of the SWBID is to make this community more connected, the neighborhood more beautiful, and have more opportunities for people and businesses to thrive in a commonplace.

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