DURHAM, N.C.–Gabe Klein, the former transportation chief for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C., and one of the nation’s leading voices for urban mobility, has joined TransLoc, a technology provider of flexible, agency-owned microtransit solutions, as strategic advisor. Klein has held key positions in both the public and private sectors, and has been a leading voice for leveraging the use of data and technology to integrate mobility systems at the city and regional levels.
Renowned for making cities less car-centric and more people-friendly, Klein has served as the Director of D.C.’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) and as the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), overhauling use of technology and government processes while focusing on putting riders first. He launched two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S., built protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure, and facilitated carshare and rideshare services to help achieve mobility goals.
“TransLoc is empowering the public transit industry to disrupt themselves from the inside-out – an approach that not only benefits the industry but also the riders,” said Klein. “Headquartering its operations in Durham, NC, has given TransLoc a unique perspective and the ability to see beyond transit as a modality to move large numbers of people, but as a catalyst for a higher quality of life. I’m energized by their vision and looking forward to helping TransLoc give agencies and campuses the tools they need to innovate new technologies that will fundamentally reshape our transportation future.”
Gabe’s career has been centered on mobility and technology issues. As a co-founder of CityFi, Gabe Klein helps leaders and organizations grapple with 21st century challenges through the use of technology and people-centric principles. He helped build Zipcar as a vice president from 2002 through 2006, and regularly consults with cities and private companies on shared transport systems. He was previously a senior visiting fellow for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is also the author of “Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun.”
As a Special Venture Partner with Fontinalis Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm, Gabe is able to invest in the future of transportation with technology companies that aim to improve mobility for the next generation.
“Drawing on his broad experience in the public and private sectors at the intersection of urban mobility, technology and transportation, Gabe is uniquely qualified to help support our leadership team,” said TransLoc CEO Doug Kaufman. “We’re thrilled to welcome him as a strategic advisor and learn from his experience in public transportation as we continue to help transit agencies solve their biggest challenges and power mobility for the cities of tomorrow.”
Klein’s appointment comes during a period of significant growth. The company also recently announced its status as a Google partner and the launch of its MicroTransit Simulator, a new predictive modeling service for rapid simulation of potential new demand-response transit services that leverages big data and proprietary, market-tested scheduling algorithms.
Hailed by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies in transportation, TransLoc, a Google partner, is the technology provider of the most flexible agency-owned microtransit solution for delivering the ultimate rider experience. By offering predictive models to simulate rider demand and fleet operations, the expertise to plan and deliver unique future-proof transportation solutions, and its cloud-based OnDemand dispatch system built for rapid deployment and hands-free operations, TransLoc is enabling transit agencies nationwide to remain central to the future of modern transportation. TransLoc has partnered with more than 250 providers to reach a higher level of service and win the confidence of riders for more than a decade. To learn more, visit TransLoc.com or follow us on Twitter at @TransLoc.