SUMC is working with several partners to oversee pilot projects and build on-the-ground support for expanding shared mobility. Current projects include:
SUMC is leading 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.
The Mobility on Demand On-Ramp, part of a partnership with FTA, provides an opportunity for transit agencies with promising MOD concepts to receive expert assistance to build those concepts into workable projects. The six participating agencies will engage in a comprehensive, year-long process that will assist with project development through supported engagement, peer mentoring, research, and other activities. For more information on the public transportation agencies selected for the On-Ramp program, view our press release and check out our MOD On-Ramp page.
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.
TriMet New Mobility Plan
SUMC is a subcontractor on Nelson\Nygaard’s TriMet New Mobility Strategy Assessment for the Portland, OR regional transit agency. The study looks at new models that could potentially fill market gaps while also leveraging recent investments in trip planning and fare collection technology. This study will ultimately help TriMet identify potential pilot partnerships to provide connections for first-mile/last-mile gaps and/or paratransit service. Along the way it will also identify opportunities and risks associated with new mobility approaches and autonomous vehicles, and provide guidance on data management models for public agencies.
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.
Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) First and Last Mile Strategic Plan
As a subcontractor to UrbanTrans North America, SUMC is working with the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) on the agency’s First and Last Mile Strategic Plan. SUMC is leading the identification of shared mobility solutions and best practices from around the country and world, helping to inform the shared-mobility components of a first/last mile station-area typology. SUMC is also supporting other RTD activities related to the strategic planning, and helping develop evaluation tools, recommendations, and implementation plans.
National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) MOD Solutions for Persons with Disabilities and Older Adults
The Shared-Use Mobility Center is working with the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) to more fully consider the needs of riders with disabilities and older adults in Mobility-on-Demand (MOD) and Shared-Use Mobility Services. The work under this project will support the identification and implementation of policies and practices related to shared-use mobility services, along with the considerations and needs for these riders. SUMC is writing a series of memos for this project, focusing on ADA policies, stakeholder engagement, and examples from existing MOD programs of best practices for advancing equitable services for people with disabilities and older adults.
Fresno Clean Shared Mobility Network (FresMo)
SUMC led the development of a $10 million public-private partnership to deploy electric vehicle (EV) carsharing, ridesharing, bikesharing, and vanpooling services in the disadvantaged communities of downtown and Southwest Fresno, to be funded by the State Strategic Growth Council through its Transformative Climate Communities program. SUMC convened and negotiated partnerships between the City, community-based organizations, and private sector operators. SUMC will provide technical assistance around partnerships, site selection, EV charging infrastructure development, marketing and operations beginning in Fall 2018 and throughout the three-year project.
EVgo Equal Access Charging Hubs (EACH) Project
SUMC is partnered with EV charging network EVgo to install electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) designed to prioritize charging demand from shared-mobility services such as carsharing, vanpooling, and transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft. Seven EACH hubs will be developed in disadvantaged communities across California, with each location consisting of eight to ten “Level 3” DC Fast Charge ports. SUMC is providing technical assistance around partnerships, site selection and design, and stakeholder engagement. The project kicked off in spring of 2018 and hubs will be constructed by the end of 2018 for shared mobility uses.
SUMC worked with UrbanTrans and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to create an implementation strategy to scale up carsharing in the Bay Area, with an aim to help meet mandated greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The plan drew from market and policy analysis to identify strategies to reduce car ownership through the provision of carsharing services throughout the nine-county Bay Area region. In June 2018, MTC allocated $1.2 million to pursue the actions recommended in the Strategy.
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.