Smart Columbus, COTA seek app to plan/pay for trips by bus, car, ride-share or all of the above

Smart Columbus and COTA are seeking bids from software developers to build the nation’s first all-in-one, door-to-door app to plan trips and decide whether to use car, bus, cab, ride-share, scooter or all of the above – and then pay for each leg at once.

The multimodal trip-planning app is one of the main projects under the $40 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant toward technology to make the city’s transportation system more efficient, safer, greener and better at connecting people with jobs. The specific app budget will depend on bids and negotiations.