Crain’s Editorial Board: Transit help is a true win-win for Detroit

Crain's Detroit Business Editorial

By Crain’s editorial board

The city of Detroit is getting some pro bono transit assessment services that might help it do a better job of delivering bus services to its residents.

As Bill Shea reports on Page 3, a Washington, D.C.-based startup called Transit Labs is providing some advanced metrics services to the city on things such as location of bus stops, whether routes are correctly drawn and other factors that affect route efficiency.

The services come for free because Transit Labs is building a client roster and was aware that cash-starved Detroit might well be interested.

Not included in the project is suburban system SMART, which declined to be part of the project.

Nonetheless, the opportunities are promising. If Transit Labs is able to help Detroit improve its bus services, that not only will help city residents, it will be a strong resume bullet for a young company.