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The Southern California Institute of Architecture, The Architect’s Newspaper and LA Metro recently issued an open invitation for ideas that would increase public transportation ridership in L.A. Architects, Li Wen and Shawn Gehle, have responded with NETWORK_LA. The app mines existing data streams to make a more responsive, accurate and personal transit experience for riders. The Trip Finder function, for instance, performs fastest route calculations which consider parallel options such as shared bikes, scooters and cars. In a city where 67% of the population drives to work alone, Wen and Gehle feel that their app could significantly increase transit ridership without major infrastructure investments. (FastCompany)