How One Startup Is Fast Tracking City Transit

How One Startup Is Fast Tracking City Transit
Learning curve: Remix grew out of Tiffany Chu and her cofounders’ earlier project, a gamified bus-mapping system. [Photo: Noel Spirandelli]

With its digital transit mapping system, Remix is helping city planners bypass the red tape.

The Problem

Public transit is the lifeblood of cities, but efforts to establish new routes often succumb to the complexities of municipal policies.

The Epiphany

In 2014, Code for America fellows Tiffany Chu, Dan Getelman, Sam Hashemi, and Danny Whalen learned about the onerous process of green-lighting new transportation solutions. They thought that if officials could visualize the impacts new systems would have on communities, rather than having to read about them in 100-page documents, planners could spend less time convincing and more time building.

The Execution

The group launched Remix, a platform that turns transit planning into an interactive game based on real-world data. As users add a bus stop or adjust a subway route, Remix reveals in real time how the change would impact travel times, mobility, and cost.

Tiffany Chu is helping cities fast-track transportation solutions. [Photo: Noel Spirandelli]

The Result

The startup has worked with more than 200 U.S. transportation authorities and is fielding requests from officials overseas. Las Vegas and San Antonio have enlisted Remix to help reroute transit services around street festivals and parades, and Seattle is using it to plan for its expected population growth. Remix also helps city officials learn from their counterparts elsewhere. “It starts to become this connective tissue between agencies that normally don’t talk to each other because they’re scattered across the nation,” says Chu.DB