As COVID vaccines become more readily available throughout the U.S., TransLoc is doing its part to ensure that no one gets left behind.
The Ford subsidiary recently launched its Destination Vaccination campaign, providing free on-demand services that help transit agencies safely deliver riders to and from vaccination locations. These complimentary services will be available to agencies through the end of the year.
One of the key enablers of vaccine distribution is transportation. Yet many vulnerable populations – older adults, those with disabilities, and low-income families— frequently struggle to secure access to transportation, and getting to a vaccination site is no exception. TransLoc is committed to providing equitable and accessible mobility, so it developed the Destination Vaccination program to help close this gap.
“When we heard that a lack of reliable transportation was preventing people from getting to and from vaccination centers, we knew that TransLoc could help,” said Ben Haynie, vice president of product at TransLoc. “COVID has taken a toll on all of us, physically, mentally, and emotionally. We are grateful our technology can help ensure people have the access they need to secure vaccinations.”
Already, the offering has been successfully tested in East St. Louis, Illinois, in partnership with the St. Clair County Transit District. The department has been using TransLoc’s free service to transport residents to and from vaccination sites since mid-February.
Acquired by Ford in 2017, TransLoc is a one-stop-shop for transit providers seeking transit orchestration solutions. TransLoc's intelligent transportation software portfolio includes flexible demand response, fixed route systems, and planning services, providing software and services for more than 1,500 transit providers worldwide -- and powering more than 600 million rides a year.