SUMC is working with several partners to oversee pilot projects and build on-the-ground support for expanding shared mobility. Current projects include:
Los Angeles officials have launched the first seven of 40 electric vehicle carsharing stations on April 20th, 2018 as part of BlueLA, a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase mobility choices by siting electric carsharing fleets in low income communities. For more information, read SUMC’s news release.
SUMC is helping to lead the Federal Transit Administration’s Mobility On Demand (MOD) Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator (IKA) project, which provides a structured community where participants in MOD Sandbox pilots can exchange ideas, discuss lessons learned and offer mutual support. SUMC’s work includes facilitating a project stakeholder forum, providing targeted technical assistance to project stakeholders and developing resources for use by the wider MOD field. More information is available here.
SUMC is offering technical assistance to support the design and launch of the Green Raiteros program, which will provide shared, zero-emission electric vehicles, a centralized dispatch system, and other support to bolster informal transportation networks in the rural community of Huron, California. The program is supported by $519,000 in funding from the California Public Utilities Commission. More information is available here.
SUMC is working with UrbanTrans and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to create an implementation plan to scale up carsharing in the Bay Area, with an aim to help meet mandated greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The plan will draw from market and policy analysis to identify strategies to reduce car ownership through the provision of carsharing service throughout the nine-county Bay Area region.
SUMC is managing a two-year pilot project to explore peer-to-peer (P2P) carsharing in the Chicago metropolitan area. P2P carsharing is a type of car rental through which owners rent their vehicles to other people for an hourly rate. The pilot will explore the impact of P2P in three specific community types: low-density, neighborhoods, low and moderate-income neighborhoods, and closed-network communities.
This pilot is a partnership between SUMC, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and Getaround. The project is being overseen by Sharon Feigon, SUMC’s executive director and is funded through a $715,000 Federal Highway Administration grant administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation, with additional funding support from CNT. For more details, click here.