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SUMC News and Announcements

Plan multimodal payment integration with our new guide

A convenient, accessible, and integrated network of public transit and shared mobility options that is frictionless and friendly for riders is critical to reaching sustainability goals and mobility for all—and a vital part of this system is payment integration.

Seamless Payments for Complete Trips is a new guide from SUMC for transit agencies to strategically plan payment integration within and beyond traditional transit services. Readers will find an overview of important fare payment systems, examples of transit payment integrations along with recommendations, and a visual framework to help agencies develop these solutions in their communities.

SUMC is going global on March 3

Mark your calendars for Shared Mobility Rocks, an (unconventional) symposium on transportation approaches and practices around the world that takes the stage for 24 hours from March 3-4, 2021. SUMC is hosting two sessions on March 3—one on micromobility, the other on decarbonizing transportation—and they’ll play out in ways you’ll find more at home in a club than at a conference. Register for the free event at and stay tuned for more details on the program!

We’re Ten Days Away from Transportation Inflection Reflection
February 17, 2021 | 10:30-11:30 AM CT


There is still time to sign up for SUMC’s virtual panel discussion on the deep changes that are happening—and need to happen—for the transportation system to meet crucial climate change and racial equity goals.
Plus, Transportation Inflection Reflection is moderated by our new CEO, Benjie de la Peña. Don’t miss it!

Mobility Justice

PBS celebrates Black History Month with a collection of documentaries and short videos on the history of Black men and women fighting for equality in the US, including the powerful documentary, “Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America”.

Transit preservation nonprofit Market Street Railway shares the remarkable stories of three women and one man who fought segregation in San Francisco to advance equal experiences in public transit for Black Americans.

ATTN: Secretary Buttigieg, transit rail funding is an equity issue, the Washington Post wants you to know, with majority of rail projects serving white areas in 2020 going forward and a majority of projects serving communities of color being canceled.


The Washington State legislature is putting the heat on Lyft and Uber to cut tailpipe emissions if a proposed bill is passed that mandates reduction targets in the wake of a study that pins an increase in vehicle miles traveled and resulting pollution on ridehailing companies.

A popular transportation startup in Kampala, Uganda is moving goods instead of passengers after lockdowns severely hit SafeBoda, whose fleet of ‘boda boda’ moped-driven taxis is now a lifeline for essentials.

Seniors and people with disabilities have a new door-to-door option in Charleston, SC thanks to the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority’s new OnDemand program that partners with Uber and UZURV to offer subsidized rides as a complement to local transit.

Bikesharing & Micromobility

Read this story in The Verge about the path to getting bike lanes added to Lego’s street sets and one man’s mission to bring sustainable mobility to the building blocks we know and love.

You’ll be seeing blue bikes glide around New Orleans this Fall thanks to a new nonprofit bikeshare in the area called Blue Krewe that will revive shared micromobility in NOLA after the Blue Bikes program shut down last March.

Micromobility operator Helbiz has taken to the streets of Richmond, VA with a fleet of 500 dockless scooters, an Access Program that offers discounted rides to low-income residents, and stringent cleaning protocol to keep the wheels spic and span.


Fighting climate changing-inducing GHG emissions and overhauling infrastructure is no easy task, but newly confirmed Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is up for the job. NPR sat down with the Secretary about the agency’s vision and immediate priorities last week.

A new report from APTA highlights the financial urgency faced by transit agencies and calls on Congress and President Biden to add  $39.3 billion in support for COVID-19 emergency relief funding.

If you’re looking for historical documents on the Chicago transit system, datasets that help you zero-in on specific info, or ridership statistics for every route and station you’re in luck —the Regional Transportation Authority has updated their Mapping and Statistics website.


For Volkswagen, developing the autonomous software for its self-driving vehicles will be an inside job, allowing the world’s second largest carmaker not to rely on tech juggernauts Apple and Amazon for their electric vehicle data.

Electric bus maker New Flyer and developer Robotic Research have unveiled “North America’s first heavy-duty automated transit bus,” and a vision of an automated transportation future, that’ll start testing in a pilot project with the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Check out curb solutions expert Coord’s breakdown of its Smart Zone pilot program for Nashville to establish an efficient network of commercial delivery blocks to squash congestion and enhance street safety in the “Music City”.


In this excerpt from their recent report with Smart Growth America, Transportation For America spells out how outdated zoning laws keep GHGs high despite the purported intentions of residents to live in “compact, walkable, transit-connected communities.”

Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia , Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Subaru have abandoned Trump’s fight against California setting its own vehicle emissions standards, aligning with the Biden Administration on achieving “year-over-year improvements in fuel economy standards.”

On the heels of their Transforming Transportation 2021 conference, the World Bank and the World Resources Institute focus on the dire need to decarbonize transport and the opportunity that COVID-19 recovery provides.

SUMC is hiring!

We’re looking for a temporary bookkeeping and administrative assistant with long-term potential.

Learn more & apply

Featured Equity Opportunities

Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Clean Energy Trust for opportunities available specifically for women, Black, Indigenous, and/ or People of Color. Explore options and apply.

2021 Transportation Justice Fellowship, by NACTO, for People of Color interested in a project-based fellowship program in the US. More details here.

Project Funding Opportunities

Human Service Transportation and Transit Service Coordination Plan
Ventura County Transportation Commission
Camarillo, CA
Deadline: February 22, 2021

RFP: Paratransit Demand Response Services—ADA Complementary “ARide”
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
Deadline: March 3, 2021

Saint Paul, MN
Deadline: March 25, 2021

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