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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    Yes, innovative solutions to the topic are welcome and can be submitted as well.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    FTA welcomes and values any innovative ideas that require subsidization or not. It is the offeror’s business decision how to construct and present its best product idea in the application.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    FTA anticipates that at the conclusion of Phase 1, the report will identify candidate testing locations (up to three) where a prototype is embraced and beneficial to both the employers and the employees.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    FTA anticipates that a competitive application will provide adequate description of proposed system concept and architecture and discuss the technical merits and feasibility of the proposed ideas. Depending on the solution, commuter identity verification may or may not be a required function within the scope of the proposed system. While FTA is open to either approach, it is upon the offeror to provide clear project description, along with assumptions if any, in its application. Specific application preparation instructions and requirements will be available as part of the U.S. DOT’s FY22 Phase I solicitation is tentatively scheduled to open on February 7, 2022.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    Yes

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    While big data and AI-enabled energy efficiency applications can be proposed they would need to be for transit buses and transit fleets such as revenue and non-revenue vehicles etc. The key focus is to help transit agencies select the right battery electric bus for their unique systems.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    Yes, please specify the type of blockchain structure proposed and provide sufficient information describing the project concept in the proposal.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    FTA welcomes any SBIR ideas that use blockchain-based systems to improve mobility services for all. However, a legitimate idea for this SBIR must include public transportation as an integral part of the proposed solution. It is the intent of the FTA to hold a broad interpretation concerning what constitutes incentivization.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    FTA welcomes any SBIR ideas that use blockchain-based systems to encourage transit usage. Such ideas may include, but not be limited to, integration of existing mobility payment systems.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    There is no set range such as a minimum availability. Your solution can provide options if you prefer. Since the focus is on low income communities, then you may want to consider cost in that sense. Additionally, subsidies is an option you can explore with other funding mechanisms as well.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    Yes – outside the box thinking is appropriate.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    Farmers Markets can be included with your analysis, as well as any other forms of food/grocery (ie. butcher, cultural food shops, etc). Perhaps you can use buffers to assist with your solution(s). How far would the average person walk to get basic services and needs? How can people with limited mobility access food if they live in a low income area, within near a food desert? What type of transfers may need to be considered? Or, is there room to improve, modify or expand Mobility on Demand? Consider the round trip from point of origin (ie. front door, work) - to transportation option – to point of destination (ie. store) – and back.

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    There is not a range. Typically, low-income areas located in and around food deserts have limited access to come big-box grocery and discount stores that carry a variety of foods. Typically you find some low-income communities may have stores that provide foods through ‘mom-and-pop’ convenience store settings, or multi-product and services stores. Here is a link to article that may be helpful:

    What Are Food Deserts? All You Need to Know:
    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/food-deserts

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    Kenneth Blacks commented  · 

    Technology ownership should not be a barrier. The proposed research will develop a technological solution that can provide access by connecting individuals to public transit resources, as well as to public transit, to decrease the impact of food deserts and increase access to healthy food options in low-income areas located in inner cities and suburban/rural areas.

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