Shared-Use Mobility Center https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org Collaborating to advance transportation policy and practice Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:25:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sharon’s Twelve Transportation Trends for 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/sharons-twelve-transportation-trends-for-2020/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:09:33 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9949 Shared-Use Mobility Center Founder and Executive Director Sharon Feigon shares her thoughts on the top issues facing cities, companies, and communities today. LONG-OVERDUE BUS IMPROVEMENT Buses are having their moment...

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Shared-Use Mobility Center Founder and Executive Director Sharon Feigon shares her thoughts on the top issues facing cities, companies, and communities today.

  1. LONG-OVERDUE BUS IMPROVEMENT

Buses are having their moment as cities and agencies rise to answer the question, “How do we make buses work?” Innovations are ensuring fair pricing with fare capping, reduced emissions via electrification, and route redos for efficiency and coverage. Buses are turning into super-fast people-delivery machines with Bus Rapid Transit.

2. ON-DEMAND AND AV SHUTTLE PILOTS

When it takes a trip to take a trip, on-demand shuttle and autonomous vehicles give riders small-scale mobility options with fixed or flexible routes and schedules. Agencies and companies are taking note. In cities and suburbs, mobility services are replacing fixed-routes or filling first/last-mile gaps, and we’re learning every step of the way.

 

 

3. VERTICAL INTEGRATION OF BUSINESSES AND MODES

Uber owns JUMP e-bikes and Scoot scooters. In 2018, Lyft purchased Motivate and became America’s largest bikeshare service. Last year, Lyft added a ‘Transit’ feature in the app for select cities. Companies like these are integrating business and modes, which raises the question of who owns the platform and if this ownership can serve the public interest.

4. PUBLIC TRANSIT AND SOCIAL SERVICE TRANSPORTATION

Social Service transportation providers may own many vehicles, but only a limited population can use the service, even if it’s the only provider in the neighborhood. By connecting the social service and transit platforms, we can expand the number of people serviced and provide better mobility options. In 2020, it’s expected that more projects will attempt to make this solution work.

5. EQUITY DRIVEN BY NEED

Equity is a great buzzword, but for successful implementation best practices are needed—and we’re starting to see them, particularly with needs assessment and community engagement. Finally, we are designing services around the people who will use them and finding appropriate options such as payment without a credit card or smartphone for the unbanked.

6. DATA: TO SHARE OR NOT TO SHARE?

Advanced technologies are fueling the growth of app-enabled shared mobility services and service providers. For the individual, this means personal data (usage habits, financial information, preferences) is being collected with every search and swipe. This year will see more investigation into who has access to this information, who is using it, and why.

7. STREET-LEVEL THINKING

The focus today is on street management: the balance of curb and street space, designated lanes and land use. We need to integrate modes while planning for efficiency and public interest. In New York City and San Francisco, this has resulted in closing some streets to cars. In all places, it should mean ensuring safety and making people, not cars, the most important factor.

 

 

 

8. FREE TRANSIT AND OTHER PRICING MODELS

Radical to some, but long-needed to others, Kansas City became the first major US city to adopt fare-free transit. Other new pricing models include fare capping, which prevents riders from paying more than the cost of a monthly pass, congestion pricing to subsidize fares, and treating transit as a service whose cost is recouped by the economic benefits of universal mobility.

9. WHAT’S THE NEXT SCOOTER ON THE BLOCK?

E-bikes are the fastest-growing segment in the cycling market, and are poised to be the “next big thing.” They’ll fight for lane space with E-skateboards from companies such as Blitzart, Meepo, Onewheel and others, sit-down scooters that widen the mode’s user base without widening the scooters, and “look up,” we can’t forget air deliveries starting to fly overhead.

10. SOMETIMES IT TAKES POLICY…

Finally, there is an increased focus on enacting policy and regulations to ensure the “mobility for all” aspect of shared mobility services. Action is needed at the local, regional, state, and federal level that truly addresses the needs of everyone in the mobility landscape, including people, businesses, cities, and markets. This is possible, we just have to do it.

11. RETHINKING GOODS DELIVERY

In today’s on-demand world, we’ll focus more on how billions of dollars of goods get from A to B. We’ll rethink environmental impact from emissions to packaging, and test more electric and autonomous freight transport. As the number of freight tons on the nation’s highways is expected to rise through 2040, we’ll see more electric and automated vehicles pulling the load.

12. ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE NOT ENOUGH

Transportation is now the largest source of CO2 emissions in the US. Electrifying cars, buses, and trucks is part of the solution but it’s not enough. We need to reduce the demand for driving by increasing transit, shared mobility, and active transportation.  Having more people in a vehicle cuts emissions. Active transportation–biking and walking has zero emissions. We need to scale up this mode shift quickly to contain the worst impacts of climate change.

 

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: January 14, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-january-14-2020/ Wed, 15 Jan 2020 20:22:18 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9953 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: January 14, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

Announcements

National Shared Mobility Summit
March 17 – 19, 2020 | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago

All this is less than 60 weekdays away.

Topics include:

New Approaches to Goods Delivery
Insight from Shared Mobility Pilot Pioneers
Universal Mobility
Comprehensive Planning for Mobility
Latest Learnings from the FTA
Sustainable Strategies for Climate Action
Innovative Transit Programs
Data sharing for Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
Vision Zero Strategies for All Modes
Autonomous Shuttles and Transit
Rural Shared Mobility
Business Models for Mobility Solutions
What’s Making Transit Work Today?
Law, Equity, and Environmental Justice
Equitable Technology for the Public Way
New Payment Models for MaaS
Transit Agencies Integrating Bikeshare
Funding for the Public Sector
Land Use Policies For Mobility
And more!


NEW MICROTRANSIT RFP IS A MILESTONE FOR THE MOBILITY ON DEMAND (MOD) ON-RAMP PROGRAM

The Maryland Transit Administration has issued an RFP for a Microtransit Service Planning and Delivery project. As part of the MOD On-Ramp Program, SUMC has provided technical assistance to the MDOT/MTA in developing this project. This innovative RFP proposes a 2-year microtransit service pilot to improve transit operations and increase access to opportunities. We are excited to see it take shape. View the MDOT/MTA’s RFP here and below.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Uber is overhauling the entire experience for California riders and drivers in reaction to the UB5 gig-work law. At stake: hundreds of millions of dollars and the future of ridehailing in the state.

Hyundai’s new MoceanLab carsharing service in LA will be adding 300 Ioniq and Kia electric vehicles to its fleet, a large boost from the initial launch last year of 15 plug-in hybrids.

A new partnership in Quebec will pool the resources of EV taxis company Taxelco and smart transportation platform Netlift to streamline taxi operation—along with carpooling, parking, and smart payments tech—for all taxis throughout the region.

Uber has a new safety feature in the US and Canada that gives riders the option of using a verified PIN to make sure they are getting in the right car. The feature can be enabled for every ride or only on late-night trips.

Partnerships and Programs

USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao announced a new set of autonomous vehicle guidelines, AV 4.0, that focuses on safety for all, promoting efficient markets, and coordinating policies and regulations. Let’s make sure equitable access to self-driving technology doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Cubic and Moovit are teaming up to help integrate mobility fare technology and mobility-as-a-service features into one convenient platform for multimodal trip planning and ticketing.

Columbus, OH’s Linden neighborhood will have a 12-person, self-driving shuttle operating between a transit hub and local community centers starting this month as part of the Smart Columbus mobility grant program.

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts will pilot an on-demand microtransit service in Westborough with ridehailing company Via thanks to new funding from MassDOT.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Lime has released some data on its operation in the Chicago dockless scooter pilot that ended last October, and CTA Blue Line stops were some of the most popular spots for ending a trip.

But even with micromobility programs helping with some first/last mile trips, how does the future look for growth in the volatile dockless scooter market? Not very good for Lime, it seems.

We completely agree, Streetsblog CHI. Cyclists and those who want to traverse Chicago’s streets without driving a car need more protected space and safety features that will help make the city’s transportation system more sustainable.

How have micromobility services changed and morphed in 2019? Check out the ups, downs, and breakdown of the scooter and bikeshare revolutions by Ashwini Chhabra, the Senior Director of Public Affairs at Bird.

Transit

Houston’s Metro is studying free fares for its bus and train system in order to boost ridership and calm regional traffic woes. This would make the city the largest in the US to have free transit if it moves ahead.

New Chicago DOT head Gia Biagi is already focusing on making Chi’s streets safer and transit quicker while keeping an eye on opportunities for sustainable road space opportunities such as congestion pricing.

Between 2010 and 2019, 1,200+ miles of expanded or new transit lines were added in the US, according to analysis from urban researcher Yonah Freemark. While this shows an overall upward trend in increasing public transportation options, the question remains: is this expansion enough to fill coverage needs?

In a car vs bus showdown, a CBC Vancouver reporter raced against a colleague using the city’s new TransLink RapidBus lines to a SkyTrain station. The bus won.

Technology

Autonomous tech company Mobilieye recently tested a self-driving car that wove through the streets of Jerusalem, using only 12 cameras with no LIDAR in sight. Read more about the project and catch a video of the cruise on The Verge.

At CES, Toyota announced it will plan to build a ‘prototype city of the future’ that will test smart, digital infrastructure and develop emerging technologies and systems for cities, including connected and electric autonomous vehicles and shared mobility.

The Southern Nevada RTC has partnered with the Transit app to allow mobile fare purchases, uses, and multimodal trip planning for the Las Vegas area. That isn’t all though, you can now get the same mobile fare payment experience in the Uber app as a result of a collaboration with fare payment tech company Masabi.

Urban Sustainability

The city of Oslo had zero pedestrian and cyclist deaths in 2019, a great achievement thanks to bold initiatives that turned major streets into car-free zones, enacted congestion pricing in the metro center, and replaced almost all on-street parking with bike lanes and sidewalks. We hope to see these developments happen in cities all around the world so Vision Zero can become a reality everywhere.

Read about the latest amendments and changes to the SB 50 affordable housing and zoning bill and what that means for the future of sustainable communities in California from State Senator Scott Wiener on Medium.

The rules of the road are quickly moving from the paint on our streets to code in the cloud, and cities need to speed up the digitization of urban guidelines and policies to manage the split-second decisions made by our new-age transportation networks. The Open Mobility Foundation’s Mobility Data Specification helps to bridge that gap.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been on a victim-blaming kick recently on social media but transportation safety advocates and followers were quick to shut down the message using the NHTSA’s own data to show that the focus should be on the real culprits: SUVs and pickup trucks.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFI: Inclusive Design Challenge
U.S. Department of Transportation
Washington D.C.
Deadline: January 30, 2020

RFP: Microtransit Service Planning & Delivery 
Maryland Transit Administration
Baltimore, MD
Deadline: February 12, 2020

RFP: Accelerating Clean Transportation Now (ACTNow)
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Boston, MA
Deadline: March 3, 2020

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: January 6, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-january-6-2020/ Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:26:42 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9929 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: January 6, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

Announcements

Early Bird Registration Extended Until Friday!

We want to give everyone the opportunity to register and save up to $100 on the foremost shared mobility summit in North America. This special pricing will end on Friday, January 10, 2020.

National Shared Mobility Summit
March 17 – 19, 2020 | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago

RSVP for our TRB reception before we sell out!

Network with colleagues from the public sector, private sector, nonprofit, and university arenas at the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s TRB kick-off event on Sunday, January 12 at DC’s Baby Wale. You’ll be treated to drinks, appetizers, and brief, engaging speeches from SUMC and reception-sponsor Via.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

BMW Group- and Daimler-backed Share Now, formerly Car2Go, will be shutting down all of its North American operations on February 29 as well as Brussels, London, and Florence, citing volatile markets and rising infrastructure costs. And that’s not all, as Indianapolis’ electric carsharing service BlueIndy will also be shutting down with slow adoption rates and the region’s reliance on personal car use named as the culprit.

Officials in Arizona are hopeful about the results from a ridehailing service for Medicaid patients with non-emergency medical trips, but are still learning about the program’s ups and downs in getting the service right.

The Green Tech Education & Employment nonprofit is planning to set up a mobility hub in Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights area with electric vehicle fast chargers, a connecting transit stop with EV buses, and an EV/hydrogen ridehailing service to offer clean alternatives for low-income residents.

Partnerships and Programs

Downtown Brooklyn could become more pedestrian and bike-friendly thanks to a green new plan from The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership that redesigns a 240-acre area.

Governor Cuomo struck down a bill that would have legalized electric bikes and scooters in New York due to, “the lack of a mandatory helmet requirement and other safety concerns.” This bill would have been a historic step forward in decreasing the state’s reliance on solo car trips and needs to be signed into law.

Dakota County, MN has a 6-month pilot program that makes free bus rides available for people to get to public county services like court appointments and meetings with social workers.

Virginia is making big moves in electrification with 50 new electric school buses from Thomas Built Buses, the largest single order of EV school buses to date.Phase two of the EV bus replacement program will add an additional 1,005 buses between 2021 and 2025.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

The momentum of e-bikes is an exciting development that has a real chance at taking people away from auto dependency, if cities can prepare for the radical shifts needed in regulation and infrastructure to make it happen.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s plan to ramp up cycling infrastructure, called Plan Vélo, is steadily moving towards its goal of 870 miles of bike lanes as eager Parisians have been pedaling on and boosting bike use in the capital by 54% since 2018.

Dockless scooters are coming to Chandler, AZ after the City Council approved a one-year pilot that would allow up to 150 scooters per company.

Can shared e-bikes help break the stranglehold that cars have on commuting in the US? Transportation tech company BOND Mobility thinks so, if they are fast and on-demand.

Transit

San Fernando Valley, CA, has big plans to make much-needed public transit improvements. On the docket: getting the Sepulveda Transit Corridor rail project underway and upgrading the Orange Line BRT in LA with grade separations and EV buses.

The Federal Highway Administration has approved a change in its traffic control manual for city streets that will officially allow the use of red paint for bus lanes without going through a special approval process. Three cheers for transit-dedicated bus lanes. Break out the paint!

Germany is dropping the fares of long-distance rail trips by 10%, which hasn’t been done in about 17 years, in an attempt to boost train travel in the country as part of a new climate protection measure.

The Port Authority in Pennsylvania is making its real-time bus crowding data, which is gathered by infrared lasers on each bus, completely accessible to the public online and via mobile apps to help riders see how full the bus is along specific routes.

Technology

OurStreets is a crowdsourced traffic data app that will help residents in DC report and document traffic and street violations to enforcement agencies for a more community-focused approach in ticketing bad actors.

A new study from Cornell University details the benefits of autonomous vehicles in cities but warns that the traffic-calming and safety effects would be lost unless cities upgrade their street infrastructure with smart tech that can talk to AVs.

Dubai is looking to the future of electric and autonomous vehicles with the government supporting EV charging infrastructure development for a more sustainable transportation ecosystem.

Hey Alexa, where’s my bus? A new feature in the open-source OneBusAway app crafted by a researcher from the University of Florida now enables real-time bus stop and route updates in Amazon’s Alexa and recognizes different voices for multi-user transit households.

Urban Sustainability

2019 saw a massive movement in cities to combat climate change with some metros making bold promises to go emissions free in a few years, ramping up plans to electrify their bus transit fleets and passing congestion pricing proposals. Let’s hope these trends continue and grow in 2020.

Since 2009, pedestrian deaths on highways have risen 60%, while fatalities on all roads are up 53%. Streets need more pedestrian-friendly design and infrastructure that makes room for everyone, in order for us all to have a safe, multimodal future.

Get ready for a car-lite thoroughfare as Market Street in San Francisco will be officially closed off to most civilian vehicle traffic starting January 29. Transit, bikes, taxis, and paratransit vehicles will still be allowed.

From delivery vehicles to transit buses to consumer cars, the electrification of transportation will be a large trend in 2020 with cities, governments, and companies racing to charge up as pollution gets worse across the board.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFQ: Broadway Project
City of Shawnee, Oklahoma
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Deadline: January 17, 2020

RFP: Florence-Firestone Transit Oriented District Specific Plan and Program Environmental Impact Report
Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning
Los Angeles, California
Deadline: January 22, 2020

RFQ: District 1 Neighborhood Plan
City of Clive, Iowa
Clive, Iowa
Deadline: January 22, 2020

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Last Chance to Save up to $100 on the 2020 Summit https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/last-chance-to-save-up-to-100-on-the-2020-summit/ Mon, 30 Dec 2019 18:38:00 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9922 The post Last Chance to Save up to $100 on the 2020 Summit appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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EARLY BIRD ENDS JANUARY 3.
REGISTER NOW AND SAVE UP TO $100.

National Shared Mobility Summit
March 17-19, 2020 | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago

Take Action for Shared Mobility

Register now and save your spot at the always sold-out National Shared Mobility Summit, where you’ll participate in an immersive three days of cross-sector collaboration with over 800 public, private, and nonprofit mobility leaders.

Over 20 sessions including:

Global Approaches to Micromobility
Free Transit and Other Radical Ideas
Equitable Technology for the Public Right of Way
Advocacy for Shared Mobility
New Developments in Shared & Autonomous Vehicles
Building Universal Mobility
Goods Delivery and Shared Mobility
Long-Range Planning for Shared Mobility
Shared Mobility in Rural and Tribal Contexts

Speakers from:

Federal Transit Administration
American Planning Association
US Department of Transportation
California Air Resources Board
Zipcar
Via
LA Metro
Seattle Department of Transportation
And many, many more!

Join us on St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago to shape the future of mobility. Register for #SUMC2020 today!

ARE YOU THE #1 MOBILITY STARTUP TO WATCH?

Pitch your idea at the 2020 Startup Spotlight.

Mobility startups and innovative thinkers, this is a unique and valuable opportunity to pitch your ideas in front of an esteemed panel of judges, exhibit at the Shared Mobility Expo and present to the whole conference for a chance to be named the #1 Mobility Startup to Watch. Just read this testimonial from 2018 winner, Muve.

We were honored to be invited as one of the top 10 innovative startups in 2018 to participate, and even more excited to have won the competition for #1 Mobility Startup to Watch, and have an opportunity to showcase our family of products in front of over 700 top tier mobility experts in attendance. This has accelerated our growth tremendously with various governments, transit agencies, and strategic corporations. It is hard to believe that only 1 year later, we have deployed a successful implementation of our technology through a contract with the State of Michigan and Planet M, who we originally met at SUMC, as well as other strategic national and international opportunities.
Anthony W. Shannon
Co-Founder, MUVE

          

Interested in sponsoring this standout event? Email kimberly@sharedusemobilitycenter.org

Have questions about the summit?

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The 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit is made possible by the generous support of the following organizations. To find out more about being a sponsor, contact Kimberly Steele at Kimberly@sharedusemobilitycenter.org.

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Best Wishes from the Shared-Use Mobility Center https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/best-wishes-from-the-shared-use-mobility-center/ Mon, 30 Dec 2019 16:00:02 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9915 The post Best Wishes from the Shared-Use Mobility Center appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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Happy New Year from
the Shared-Use Mobility Center!

Let’s toast to sustainability, equity, and mobility for all.

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Just Out: New Summit topics & a new SUMC publication https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/just-out-new-summit-topics-a-new-sumc-publication/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 18:38:05 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9903 The post Just Out: New Summit topics & a new SUMC publication appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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Hurry, Early Bird Ends January 3, 2020!

National Shared Mobility Summit
March 17-19, 2020 | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago

Our goal is to create mobility for all by increasing equitable, accessible, affordable, and environmentally sound transportation options. This is absolutely achievable—it just takes the participation of everyone. Register for #SUMC2020 today!

Take a first look at these Summit topics.

New Approaches to Goods Delivery: Leading experts discuss, share, and compare new options for logistics that increase efficiency and are environmentally sound.

Insight from Shared Mobility Pilot Pioneers: The transit agencies in the FTA Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program will share the challenges, policy changes, and real-world practices that make for a successful pilot.

Technology for Universal Mobility: Building on our paratransit session last year, we focus on the technology that improves on-demand mobility for users with disabilities, while integrating into existing services.

Planning for Mobility: From the whiteboard to the streets, the nation’s leading city, suburban, and rural planners will discuss how they incorporate shared and connected modes into their plans, combining mobility and land use.

This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more!

NEW Publication: Equity and Shared Mobility Services

This report examines different approaches to equity initiatives from planning to pilot. It includes on-the-ground lessons learned and strategies to truly implement mobility for all.
Download Publication

Hurry, the early-bird discount ends on January 3, 2020. Register for #SUMC2020 today!

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The 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit is made possible by the generous support of the following organizations. To find out more about being a sponsor, contact Kimberly Steele at Kimberly@sharedusemobilitycenter.org.

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: December 19, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-december-19-2019/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:36:33 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9894 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: December 19, 2019 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

Announcements

Early bird rates end on January 3, 2020!

National Shared Mobility Summit
March 17 – 19, 2020 | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago

What happens after you win the Startup Spotlight?

Read what 2018 Startup Spotlight winner MUVE and 2019 winner Wise Mobility (formerly TIKD) have to say about the National Shared Mobility Summit’s pitch competition, which gives innovators and startups the chance to present their products and ideas in front of top-tier mobility experts.

READ WINNER TESTIMONIALS

Our friends at Streetsblog Chicago need to raise $15K by January 1, 2020 to win a $50K grant from @ChiTrust that will fund publication next year. Please consider chipping in to support their livable streets journalism and advocacy. Make your tax-deductible donation here.

SUMC’s TRB reception is almost sold out

RSVP now to save you spot at everyone’s favorite kickoff for the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, held on January 12, 2020, at Baby Wale. Food, drink, and inspiration from your colleagues, friends, SUMC and reception-sponsor VIA are complimentary.

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Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Streetsblog Chicago writer Courtney Cobbs recently moderated a panel with ridehail drivers and transportation-worker advocates about the complications behind working for an algorithm while protecting drivers to create a safer and more sustainable workforce environment.

Daimler and BMW are hoping to double revenue for their ridehailing joint venture FreeNow in the next two years and take on Uber in the European and Latin American markets as Daimler’s MyTaxi acquisition from 2014 is already turning a profit.

Lyft has launched a new car rental service in LA and San Francisco that has no mileage limit and gives users free ridehail credits to get to their rental.

King County Metro has launched a new, ADA-accessible, carpool shuttle program in Kirkland, WA, as part of its Community Connections project that will let riders share their commute with a Transit GO Mobile ticket or an ORCA transit pass.

Partnerships and Programs

According to a new report, California’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities has already awarded $1.1 billion towards integrated TOD developments for disadvantaged and low-income communities, 158 miles of new or upgraded bike lanes, thousands of transit passes, and more to help people switch from driving to riding transit, biking, and/or walking.

IndyGo is getting a boost to the tune of $300,000 for a first/last mile microtransit shuttle pilot to upgrade wheelchair-accessible and pedestrian infrastructurealong the Red Line BRT.

Internet and mobility access are human rights issues so we applaud Pittsburgh’s Port Authority for adding free Wi-Fi to 400 buses. Getting connected to your destination and online amenities are important for thriving communities.

New York’s MTA has deployed the first of 500 extended, electric buses for its car-free 14th Street busway as the agency journey towards “a zero-emissions fleet”.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Real-estate developers are finding a new friend in mobility company Spin with partnerships to host Spin’s scooter docks at multi-family properties to help residents connect to transit and make clean trips.

Uber expects to double down on its micromobility services in Europe throughout 2020, stating that usage of JUMP bikeshare in the EU has passed US adoption in the last eight months.

San Antonio-based scooter company Blue Duck is working with Luna, a telematics startup in Dublin, to pilot centimeter-level GPS tech to manage dockless fleets and sidewalk clutter.

Lyft has silently ended its cash payments option for Bay Wheels bikeshare, but some city officials want to take the legal route to keep the option open for unbanked and low-income commuters.

Transit

The popular airport shuttle service SuperShuttle will be shutting down all of its operations by the end of this year with speculators believing that the rise of ridehailing startups may have crowded them out of the market.

A new app in New York called Dollaride is betting on bringing unofficial jitneys and dollar vans into the 21st century with up-to-date route information and in-app fares. Can it successfully copy the tech-enabled and informal minibus systems from cities in West Africa and the Caribbean?

The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority has approved a major $27.4 billion plan to move forward on public transit planning, funding, and development in 13 metro counties across the region, totaling 192 projects. Great work, Atlanta!

VIDEO: Check out this interview between ABC7 and San Francisco MTA’s new director Jeff Tumlin on public transportation safety and costs in the city, and how he’s inspired by Vancouver to get cars off the street while boosting transit use.

Technology

Ottawa is joining the Waze for Cities program to share traffic data that will combine with public data and smart city tech to improve traffic flow.

A startup focused on autonomous technology for mass transit called Bluespace.ai is getting an influx of funding as the race for self-driving vehicles ramps up.

Waymo has just jumped into the UK market with its recent acquisition of local AI company Latent Logic that specializes in driverless vehicle tests.

Upgrading transit infrastructure does wonders for boosting the bus experience. This prototype bus stop in Sweden has rotating “timber nooks” to shield riders from the wind and a “smart roof” that uses sound and light to indicate the destination of an approaching bus.

Urban Sustainability

The University of Pennsylvania released a new website that details the geography and visual data of the “spatial consequences of climate change” to give a better understanding of the ecological issues and focus areas of environmental policy, such as the Green New Deal.

Culdesac is a new real estate developer that wants to build the first car-free neighborhood, from scratch, in Tempe, AZ. We welcome people-centric, not car-centric, planning at the forefront of livable communities.

Check out CNBC’s 10 most bike-friendly cities in the US and see if yours made the cut!

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFI: Rural Ride Sharing Field Tests
Nova Scotia Department of Energy & Mines
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Deadline: January 31, 2020

RFP: Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Los Angeles County
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Access the RFP here.

RFP: Accelerating Clean Transportation Solutions 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Boston, Massachusetts
Deadline: March 3, 2020

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Register by 1/3/2020 and receive an early-bird discount.

National Shared Mobility Summit
March 17-19, 2020 | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago

The biggest Shared-Mobility Expo in the country just got bigger.

From a new outdoor test track to our expanded space at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, the 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit Expo gives guests the chance to learn, discuss, and experience cutting-edge technologies at the largest convention center in the midwest.

For exhibitors, three different sizes of booths are available as well as exhibit tables and space on our 2020 Shared Mobility test track. Explore all our sponsorship options as well as sponsor benefits here.

If you have any questions about exhibiting or sponsorship, please reach out to our Development and Event Manager Kimberly Steele at kimberly@sharedusemobilitycenter.org.

Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, shaping the future of mobility.

Learn about the latest innovations, policies, and plans.
Discuss challenges and work together on implementing solutions.
Get insights and inspiration from keynote speakers and panel discussions.
Collaborate in workshops and hands-on sessions.
Touch, test, and try at the Shared Mobility Expo.
Stay on the cutting edge with the Startup Spotlight.
Network and make lasting partnerships.
Enjoy culturally enriching experiences.

Hurry, the early-bird discount ends on January 3, 2020. Register for #SUMC2020 today!

Have questions about the summit?

Please email summit2020@sharedusemobilitycenter.org with any inquiries.

The 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit is made possible by the generous support of the following organizations. To find out more about being a sponsor, contact Kimberly Steele at Kimberly@sharedusemobilitycenter.org.

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: December 13, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-december-13-2019/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:38:05 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9820 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: December 13, 2019 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

Announcements

Space is filling up fast for the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s TRB Reception

We’re already selling our for out sixth annual TRB reception on January 12, 2020, at DC’s Baby Wale. Is it the great drinks and apps? The chance to network with hundreds of colleagues from across the country while listening to short, exciting presentations from SUMC and reception-sponsor VIA? Yes, yes and yes. RSVP today before we sell out! 

Planning your calendar? Register now and plan to shape the future of transportation.

National Shared Mobility Summit
March 17 – 19, 2020 | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago

From day one, the Shared Mobility Summit is the premier event to learn about the latest developments across sectors and industries, dialogue with your peers, and hash out tomorrow’s solutions. For 2020, we’ve expanded just about everything: more pre-conference workshops, more cutting-edge breakout sessions, and more places to meet, network, and make lasting partnerships. Don’t wait to register, early-bird prices are only available for a limited time.

New on the MOD Learning Center

Get insight into how shared, electric and autonomous vehicles can meet public transportation needs with this case study of the Little Roady Pilot Project. Using 6-passenger electric vehicles operating autonomously on a continuous 5.3-mile loop in Providence, Rhode Island (RI), the program is providing first/last mile service, connecting two neighborhoods who need better mobility access, testing the public’s comfort with AVs, and putting RI’s innovation and technology initiatives on the map.

Read the Case Study


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Alphabet’s Waymo celebrates 1 year of self-driving, ridehail trips with plans to expand to more public users next year and add a shiny, new iOS app.

Corporate carsharing outfit ALD is expanding across Europe to France, the Netherlands, and Spain to bring more app-based, keyless-entry, shared mobility options to commuters. Power on!

California’s San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and Lyft will offer free ridehailing trips to Metrolink stations to get more people on public transit for more ‘train to plane’ service to Ontario International Airport.

Partnerships and Programs

From a “Great American” cross-country connection to outlining their vision for active transportation in America, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has had a big year. See all six ways they made major impact in 2019.

Results are coming in for the Mobility on Demand partnership between LA Metro and ridehailing company Via, part of SUMC and FTA’s MOD Sandbox program, and pilot ridership is exceeding expectations.

Make way for Velocia, a new app formed from a partnership between Miami-Dade public transit, Bolt e-scooters, Citi Bike Miami, Getaround carsharing, and carpooling service SwiftSeat to gamify shared mobility and give users ridehail, bikeshare, or transit vouchers to skip to drive solo.

Ford will be shutting down its non-emergency medical transportation program GoRide Health and focusing instead on autonomous vehicle research in Miami.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

19 applied, four chosen. It looks like Jump, Lyft, Skip, and Spin will be the sole dockless scooter operators in DC after a recent announcement by the District DOT. At the same time, DDOT approved a permit for micromobility company HelBiz to deploy dockless, pedal-assist ebikes in the metro.

Diversity and equitable representation should be a given in a shared mobility industry that promotes access for all. Read Better Bike Share Partnership’s interview with NABSA Executive Director Samantha Herr on how their new Workforce Diversity Toolkit aims to meet help communities meet these goals.

The Big Bikeshare Bust in China created a rippling effect (for better or worse) in the world of mobility, produced mountains of “bike piles” from the misuse of dozens of bikeshare services, and left a few booming startups in ruins after its (inevitable) collapse. Will the A.I. industry will have the same fate?

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council plans to bring bikeshare to several cities across Texas as part of a new program with BCycle and local municipalities.

Transit

Kansas City has become the first major city in the US to offer completely free public transportation after a unanimous vote to make it free to ride the bus. (The streetcar is already free to ride.) Congrats to the city for focusing on universal fare-free transit to make mobility equitable!

DC is taking a big step forward towards equity too by piloting free and reduced Metro fare cards for a few low-income residents to test transit subsidies and more affordable service.

Atlanta will use a $2.8 million grant from the US DOT to bridge the gap between the streetcar circuit to multi-use trails around the city.

San Diego released its first-ever study on the economic impact of the city’s public transportation system, citing the beneficial impact at $1 billion.

Technology

Hyundai is committing $17 billion over the next six years to switching to more electric and autonomous vehicles—up to half of all new money spent by 2025.

A new joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem, a subdivision of LG, will mass produce electric battery cells for EVs, includes a future battery cell production factory planned in Northeast Ohio.

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are teaming up to pilot and test self-driving cars on select streets between West San Jose, CA and downtown.

According to Engadget, Google Maps may be working on a feature that would help you look for well-lit streets in its app, creating a lights layer for more easily navigable streets. Let’s hope so.

Urban Sustainability

Women love bikes but don’t really bike to work, says Quartz. What gives? Well, the lack of safe bike infrastructure and and antiquated cultural norms might be the culprits.

We’re at the turn of a decennium and you might say some things have changed in the shared mobility environment that affect our day-to-day lives. See how Curbed recaps the 10-year change in transportation realities in San Francisco.

Car-free and car-lite households saw an increase in the US in 2018 according to urban planner and historian Sarah Jo Peterson, but the overall trend shows a record low, while households with two+ cars are on the rise.

“Fundamentally, parking today is expensive, poorly managed, and subsidized to such an extent that it makes all other trip options less desirable. The only way it is artificially cheap or free is because everything else is more expensive.” Read more about the hidden costs of “free parking” on Civil Beat.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFI: Rural Ride Sharing Field Tests
Nova Scotia Department of Energy & Mines
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Deadline: January 31, 2020

RFP: Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Los Angeles County
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Access the RFP here.

RFP: Accelerating Clean Transportation Solutions 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Boston, Massachusetts
Deadline: March 3, 2020

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6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Baby Wale, 1124 9th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20001

Register now to save your spot at SUMC’s sixth annual reception at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 12, 2020. The event will take place at Baby Wale Restaurant & Bar, located just down the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you learn about SUMC’s latest work and get the chance to network with leading public and private sector shared mobility experts from across the nation at this popular event, hosted by the Shared-Use Mobility Center and sponsored by Via.

Tickets are limited, so don’t wait. Register below before we sell out

Register for the 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit and save!

Take advantage of early-bird rates for the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s standout event, the National Shared Mobility Summit, March 17-19 in Chicago. Learn about transformative policies, cutting-edge pilot programs, emerging shared mobility integrations – and collaborate on innovative solutions that support mobility for all.

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