SUMC is working with several partners to oversee pilot projects and build on-the-ground support for expanding shared mobility. Current projects include:

FTA Mobility On Demand Innovation & Knowledge Accelerator Project

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.

Los Angeles: Low-Income Electric Carsharing Pilot

SUMC is partnering with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the City of Los Angeles to launch a first-of-its kind carsharing pilot project focused on serving low-income residents in L.A. The goal of the three-year pilot, which is funded with $1.6 million in state cap-and-trade revenues, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric carsharing fleets into disadvantaged communities. For more information, read SUMC’s news release.

Fresno County, California: Green Raiteros Pilot Project

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.

Chicago: Peer-to-Peer Carsharing Pilot

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.