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Weekend round-up

Some stories you may have missed last week: SEPTA launches travel wallet, moovel creates MobilityX accelerator, and Jacksonville hosts autonomous car demo.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority continues to move toward full implementation of the Key Card. Starting March 13, SEPTA is rolling out the Travel Wallet at selected locations.  The Travel Wallet lets customers add value to the smart card and enables those who currently use tokens, paper transfers, or cash to use the Key to pay for single trips. “Once you have the Key card with Travel Wallet, you never have to get back in line,” said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA’s deputy general manager and treasurer. Link to full story in Philly.com.

Moovel North America has teamed up with Capital Factory to create MobilityX, a transportation technology accelerator designed to support the growth of new mobility-as-a-service companies. “As an integral part of Daimler’s mobility strategy, which encompasses mobility platforms and services, moovel is excited to collaborate with the startup community to develop the next generation of mobility solutions,” said Nat Parker, CEO of moovel N.A., in a statement.  Daimler owns moovel.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (FL) hosted a demonstration of an Easy Mile autonomous vehicle as part of its Ultimate Urban Circulator Program. The goal of U2C is to develop mobility alternatives, such as autonomous vehicles, as Jacksonville’s Skyway reaches the end of its useful life.  “The U2C program will help drive economic growth through enhanced mobility, connectivity, sustained economic growth, and vibrancy for Jacksonville,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., in a statement. “This is a defining project for the City of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida and we are excited to be a leader in the effort to harness this new technology.”

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