Shared-Use Mobility Center https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org Collaborating to advance transportation policy and practice Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:01:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 17, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-september-17-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-september-17-2020 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:22:42 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=10804 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 17, 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.

SUMC News and Announcements

New SUMC policy paper on Mobility as a Service

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is based on a simple premise: transportation isn’t an end in and of itself. Rather all the modes of transportation available to us: transit, carshare, micromobility including bikeshare and e-scooters, on-demand rides such as microtransit, and ridehailing, serve one essential purpose: to get you from point a to point b. (Okay, bikes and scooters are pretty fun.)

MaaS integrates these options in a single interface, with a single payment mechanism. While the promise is great for environmentally-sound, equitable, and accessible mobility, there are challenging issues to be addressed before MaaS can be realized, including fare payment integration, data-sharing agreements, and workable business models in a financially-strapped COVID-19 environment.

SUMC’s new policy paper, Towards the Promise of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in the U.S., provides a guidepost for public and private sectors to work together to achieve Maas, with topology, principles, case examples—and inspiration.

Read the paper on the MOD Learning Center.

Video: The Role of Urban Planning, Architecture, and Transportation in Chicago’s Future

On Monday, August 17, the Chicago Fed’s Project Hometown convened a diverse panel of experts to address and examine how the city can recover from the pandemic, overcome longstanding inequities, and rebuild for resilience. Among the notable speakers at the forum was SUMC Founder and Executive Director Sharon Feigon.

Check out this conversation about the future of Chicago.

Fill up your calendar with Federal Transit Administration events

Stay in the know and connect with colleagues at roundtables, webinars, workshops, and more. View the calendar.


Mobility Justice

“When we start building new transportation systems and structures not rooted in white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and land theft, we have to ask ourselves who has the power in building that system.” Read how crucial the shift from talk to action is in developing truly equitable transportation systems from diversity expert Tamika L. Butler.

Chicago, like other US cities, is facing a major budget crisis and public transit is at the chopping block during a time when essential workers, a majority of whom are from communities of color, need reliable transportation. Streetsblog is right, we must continue fighting to fund sustainable mobility options.

The Tennessee Voices videocast expands on the need to create transit options to address the inequities faced by people of color working essential jobs in lower-income areas in this interview with Ashley Northington, the Vice Chair of community-focused transportation solutions organization Moving Forward.

It all comes down to funding and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the inherent flaws in the way public transit is subsidized. The Conversation makes the case for changing the model.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) pens an op-ed about the classification of gig economy workers, such as drivers labeled as independent contractors by ridehailing companies, and the need to grant them basic employee rights and protections (and a higher minimum wage) to boost their economic and social prosperity.

The Talking Headways podcast chats with Waze’s Head of Public Sector Partnerships Dani Simons about the crowdsourced nature of the app’s carpooling network and how flexible shifts in commuting habits, along with innovations in mobility tech, have helped expand mobility options for typically-solo drivers.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is reportedly in talks to invest $3 billion into Southeast Asian ridehailing leader Grab, in doing so acquiring some stock in the company currently held by Uber.

A new ridehailing app called Wystle is set to hit London this winter to compete with local players Kapten, Bolt (and possibly Uber if they can manage to reinstate their license to operate in the UK), and it claims to offer drivers the “lowest commission rate on the market” at 13%.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Lyft chose not to participate in Chicago’s 2020 scooter pilot. Instead, they are focusing on Divvy expansion, particularly in the city’s impoverished South and West sides, where new Divvy stations and ebikes have been given the go-ahead after federal delays. Read more on Medium.

Classified by French automaker Citroën as an “urban mobility object,” the electric Ami vehicle can be rented by people aged 14 and over (even without a license) and hits a steady 28mph to offer a unique micromobility experience in Paris. The Guardian takes a spin in the “toute petite voiture”.

Listen as Executive Director of the North American Bikeshare Association Samantha Herr and Shared Mobility Product Manager at Mobility Data Heidi Guenin discuss the Generalized Bikeshare Feed Specification or GBFS, a micromobility data standard, and how it relates to the mobility data specification on the Micromobility Industries’ podcast.

Chicago will give the Logan Square neighborhood much need protected bike infrastructure along the cycle-heavy Milwaukee Avenue in a bid to lower biking-related crashes from cars. What’s next in the city’s active transportation plans? Better pedestrian crosswalks and bus-focused street improvements to be built later this year.

Madison, WI has started testing electric cargo bikes, made by Saris Infrastructure, for city workers that need the extra load capacity while helping lower city-made emissions, operate cheaper fleets, and save energy/space. The company now has its sights set on partnering with the City of Portland, OR later this fall to expand the e-cargo offering.

Transit

Check to see if there is likely to be space on your next bus or train with the Chicago Transit Authority’s updated ridership dashboards tool, which displays the average capacity depending on the week schedule and time of day for any bus and rail line in the city.

LA Metro, along with Harvard School of Business, the Duke Center for Advanced Hindsight, and mobility providers, was awarded a $700,000 grant by the Federal Transit Administration to develop a research project that will study and test a rewards program to incentivize transit, walking, biking, ridehail, and telecommuting options over driving. Congrats!

Starting this week, New York MTA riders will face a $50 fine if they don’t wear a mask while riding on the transit system as a “last resort” measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Baltimore had a bustling streetcar system up to the early 1960’s that included dozens of lines and 101 streetcar vehicles. What went wrong? The Baltimore Sun digs up an old Baltimore Transit Company annual report to find out why such a well-conditioned transit network was dismantled for the buses that run on the city’s streets today.

Technology

A new report helmed by city consultancy group Steer and autonomous technology startup Nuro looks at the social, economic, and environmental impacts of driverless delivery service deployment in the US and how small self-driving EVs could usher in a new job market while reducing future traffic collisions and CO2 emissions.

Transportation solutions company Trakk has announced its new multi-passenger management software service, aimed at commercial commuting providers, to help companies and organizations optimize route services, online ticketing, and reservations with built-in reporting and data analysis tools.

Transit riders can now plan and pay for their entire trip all through the Moovit app in 13 local transit agencies around Ohio and Kentucky as part of a new collaboration between NEORide, Masabi, and Moovit.

New York’s contactless fare payment system OMNY has officially been installed in all 151 subway stations and 800+ buses in Manhattan, marking a notable completion that will continue to offer seamless transit payment across the city’s boroughs.

Sustainability

Vox borrows research data from Morgan Stanley to illustrate the causes and origin of GHG emissions from countries around the globe (including the most polluting sectors) and frames how this data can help us lead accountability measures and conversations around a cleaner world.

Learn about seven community-based urban development movements, spotlighted by Planetizen, that are shaping the way cities create sustainable resources and reinitiate the use of public space to help people from the ground up.

NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative released its Designing Streets for Kids guide to help cities plan for safer, kid-friendly public spaces that boost the quality of life for everyone in communities while keeping the little ones moving, active, and spatially engaged.

Equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) will become a larger priority in Chicago with the city’s first eTOD development plan that was created “to address the market failures…” and build affordable, dense housing around transit in Black and ethnic-minority communities around the South and West sides.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

Shared-Use Mobility Center Job Postings
See current openings

RFP 21-02 Zero Emission Bus Implementation Study
Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) and the City of Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia
Deadline: October 7, 2020

RFP: Services for the Chestnut Street Multimodal Station, Shared Services Facility & City of Oxford Passenger Rail Platform
Butler County Regional Transit Authority
Oxford, Ohio
Deadline: October 19, 2020

NEW RFP: $200 Million For Renewable Energy Supplier for All City-Owned Buildings
City of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Deadline: November 6, 2020


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Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 10, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-september-10-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-september-10-2020 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 15:30:17 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=10743 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 10, 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.

SUMC News and Announcements

A message from Founder and Executive Director Sharon Feigon

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

At the end of 2020, I will be stepping down as Executive Director and into a new role as Founder-in-Residence at the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC). This new position will allow me to focus more deeply on some of the pressing transportation challenges facing our field while opening up an exciting opportunity for new leadership at SUMC.

In my new role as Founder-in-Residence, I will continue to strategically support SUMC and the field by providing the benefit of my years of experience and expertise. I plan to launch a project to address the urgent need for new big-picture approaches including public/private business models and financing strategies that can successfully support growing multimodal transportation for all.

Please follow the link in this paragraph to learn more about these plans. You’ll also find a job description and information that will help spread the word with friends and colleagues about the search we now have underway for SUMC’s next Executive Director, who will begin in January 2021.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about SUMC, my new role, or anything else. I look forward to staying in touch! Onward!

Fill up your calendar with Federal Transit Administration events

Stay in the know and connect with colleagues at roundtables, webinars, workshops, and more. View the calendar.


Mobility Justice

On Thursday, September 3, a vehicle was filmed driving through a crowd of people in Times Square during a Black Lives Matter protest. Although no serious or life-threatening injuries were reported, using a vehicle for the intentional harm of protestors in a public space is a horrific and telling trend that has gained alarming popularity for political extremist violence.

Janis Scott (aka the “Bus Lady” in the Houston transit community) not only spends her time advocating for affordable, accessible, robust public transit for Black and Brown neighborhoods, she is also a long-standing, transit-dependent rider that wants to see community-focused growth for equitable mobility during the ongoing COVID-19 era.

As cities grapple with containing a global pandemic and coming to terms with correcting decades of systemic racial injustice, we must collectively recreate the spaces that people interact with daily to communicate the resilience and strength of enduring communities. This, dubbed by London-based planning consultant Charles R. Wolfe, is ‘place-healing’.

Carden Wyckoff, a transit accessibility advocate in Atlanta who has a progressive muscle weakness disorder, reflects on the effect that the Americans with Disabilities Act had on public space and transit for people with disabilities, and what is yet to be done, as the law turned 30 this Summer.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Uber is planning a green future with a new pledge to become a zero-emission operation by 2040, and with all rides taking place in electric vehicles in the US, Canada, and Europe by 2030.

And speaking of the ridehailing giant, they’re partnering with CarTrawler in the UK to offer car rental to boost their portfolio of options in the devastated COVID-19 economy. They already offer bike and scooter rentals in the United Kingdom.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Go Tuk’n Inc. have teamed up to offer the company’s on-demand EV ‘Tuk Tuk’ service in the city’s downtown, Riverside, and Avondale areas, including ADA-accessible vehicles, to expand mobility options.

Set to launch next month, the Miami Parking Authority will be launching a free-to-use, on-demand ride service called Freebee that will use open-air EV shuttles to connect people in the city’s Central Business District to transit stops and local amenities for better first-last mile connections.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Learn about the state of the micromobility industry in North America from NABSA’s latest report detailing comparisons and benchmarks of 292 cities, having a total of 194,000 shared vehicles, consisting of regular bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters.

The Oregonian gives Biketowns’s shared pedal-assist e-bikes a whirl to test the new fleet of 500 launched for the system, relishing the boost that they offer over traditional, analog bikes (not without a few mishaps of course).

UK mobility company HumanForest looks to expand its free e-bikeshare service around London with a cool £1.8 million (~$2.3M) fund influx from ridehailing company Cabify.

Cycling and micromobility outfit Superpedestrian debuted its LINK scootersharing service in Brooklyn at an event at Brooklyn Navy Yard—and christened the occasion by donating 50 new bikes to essential healthcare and delivery workers in the Transportation Alternatives’ #BikeMatch program.

Transit

Houstonians have a new way of getting around with the launch of the curb2curb on-demand ride service courtesy of the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, filling in gaps for traditional transit networks.

Metro Transit in Minneapolis has extended its $1-fare program for low-income riders to people unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in a bid to extend affordable, equitable public transportation options to those in need.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) are pressuring the US Senate for a mass transportation lifeline to assist the nation’s largest public transit system, as New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority eyes layoffs and service cuts in Fall 2020.

Greater Greater Washington breaks down the proposed service-cut plan released by the Maryland Transit Administration for Baltimore that is set to go into effect next January, possibly leaving thousands to deal with missing lines and crucial transit gaps as the pandemic roils local travel.

Technology

Carbon Upcycling Technologies wants to make carbon the next raw material used for plastics, adhesives, concrete, lithium-ion batteries, consumer products, and much more to flip the deadly gas into a sustainable, emissions-beating tool, starting with a cutting-edge air filtration additive.

The call of Presidential candidate Joe Biden and other leaders for transportation industry electrification signals a much-needed focus on lowering vehicle emissions in the US, but the process of making the actual EV-batteries must be environmentally sound. Period.

Russian tech giant Yandex will be taking its autonomous vehicle joint venture with Uber into a brand new company and pumping $150 million into the business to pursue self-driving tech development.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has unveiled new plans to introduce the first automated, heavy-duty public transit buses in North America, including three EV vehicles from New Flyer, to rollout in 2021 on the CTfastrak bus rapid transit guideway.

Sustainability

WEBINAR: The University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center’s “Changes in Mobility Options and Patterns in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic” on September 17 features the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Active Transportation Alliance, and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi. Learn more and register.

When planners retrofit a street with “pedestrian-focused infrastructure”, does that still give cars the higher right of way priority while using performative design flourishes to appease walkers and cyclists? City Observatory works to dispel the myth of big “pedestrian” projects that only truly function to cater to car traffic.

Minneapolis’ political challenge to restrictive single-family zoning laws and parking minimums was heralded as a major success last year in creating a path forward for affordable and racially equitable housing options in the region. Yet one year later, only three triplexes have been built since the policy reform and Strong Towns believes the devil is in the underlying, codified details.

Onward to a cleaner future! The City of Chicago has released a Request for Proposals for a $200-million, five-year contract to run all city-owned buildings, streetlights, and facilities on renewable energy starting in 2022. Learn more on Smart Cities Dive and submit your proposal below.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Specialized ADA Transportation Services
Southern Region Los Angeles County Access Services
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: September 17, 2020
(Registration required)

RFP: Development of an RFP for a Statewide Mobility Services Program
New York State Department of Transportation
New York, New York
Deadline: September 21, 2020

RFP: Services for the Chestnut Street Multimodal Station, Shared Services Facility & City of Oxford Passenger Rail Platform
Butler County Regional Transit Authority
Oxford, Ohio
Deadline: October 19, 2020

NEW RFP: $200 Million For Renewable Energy Supplier for All City-Owned Buildings
City of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Deadline: November 6, 2020


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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.

SUMC News and Announcements

FTA Awards $14 Million in grant funding to support transit innovation

On August 27, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the 25 projects in 24 states that will receive a share of funding through the Accelerative Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiative.
 
“As we face this public health emergency, investments in innovation are critical for transit agencies to better meet rider expectations and adapt to changes in our transportation system,” said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams. “
 
AIM grant recipients will deploy new transportation technologies and services; twenty projects are located in or benefit rural areas; six may help alleviate COVID19-related issues; and many, if not all, add to service efficiency and improve customer experience. Every AIM grantee deserves our highest congratulations. 
 
View the full list. 

Fill up your calendar with Federal Transit Administration events

Stay in the know and connect with colleagues at roundtables, webinars, workshops, and more. View the calendar.


Mobility Justice

Journey through this interactive map that highlights 180 years of African American history around the Little Calumet River and in several South-Side Chicago neighborhoods along the African American Heritage Water Trail, highlighting sites that honor Underground Railroad freedom seekers, civil rights and environmental justice pioneers.

On September 1, 29-year-old Black bike rider Dijon Kizzee was fatally shot by two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies, who fired 15 to 20 rounds after they alleged that Kizzee punched one officer and dropped a pistol on the ground. Witnesses say they never saw Kizzee throw a punch, never saw a gun, and that he “wasn’t a threat.” He was stopped for violating a vehicle code.

Walkable, bikeable communities that thrive from mixed-use development can only truly be equitable if they account for racial and socioeconomic barriers. Officials, local leaders, and city planners must prioritize eliminating the wealth and health gaps that disproportionately affect Black families in cities like Chicago, according to Smart Cities Dive, before everyone can enjoy a 20-minute city.

“—sometimes you have to just dive in to see if it’s really a passion.” Read about Latoya Shauntay Snell’s experience with biking that inspired her to overcome medical turmoil, and the social struggles of being a Black cyclist in New York’s Bedford–Stuyvesant borough.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

In an effort to have riders better comply with COVID-19 measures, Uber will be requiring passengers who did not wear face masks during their trip to send a selfie in a mask before being allowed to ride again. This feature will be rolling out in the US and Canada by the end of September, with other markets to follow.

Citroën has launched 20 of its all-electric Ami vehicles in Paris, decaled with local French art, as part of Free2Move’s carsharing fleet.

Estonian ridehailing company Bolt is further expanding its affordable Bolt Lite service into Kenya, the cities of Nakuru and Kisumu to be exact, with an eye on introducing food delivery in the country next.

After Car2go left the city of Calgary last fall, homegrown option Communauto is now launching 150 Communauto Flex free-floating carshare vehicles in the city that offer a flexible alternative to car ownership.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

136 million micromobility trips were taken last year according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ newly released 2019 Shared Micromobility Report, which covers docked bikeshare, dockless bikeshare, and dockless scootersharing—making micromobility “the fifth-busiest subway or light rail system in the country.”

EV moped-sharing startup Revel has relaunched its service in New York, while adding new in-app safety features for riders, after halting service in response to three deaths in the city. Now, the company has taken its service to a new city (with 430 mopeds): San Francisco.

As Chicago’s scooter pilot rolls on outside of the downtown and lakefront areas, there is a need for more accessible options in shared micromobility. Lime is attempting to fill that gap by launching a seated scooter for people with limited mobility, available for direct delivery. You can put in your request now.

German mobility company TIER has unveiled a new scooter model for London that includes a built-in, foldable helmet and user-swappable batteries that can be changed at scooter charging stations for ride credits.

Transit

LA Metro announced that they are putting together a task force to investigate ways to enact fare-free transit for all users of the county’s bus and train system. The task force is hoping to deliver a proposal for the Metro CEO and Board of Directors to consider by the end of this year.

Hear the latest episode of the Talking Headways Podcast that features Chief Development Officer for the Port Authority of Allegheny County David Huffaker discussing integral pandemic-response initiatives the transit agency is implementing for the Pittsburgh region and how they aim to tackle future emergency situations with more robust resiliency plans.

As transportation systems worldwide have grinded to a halt and upended networks due to COVID-19 travel patterns, LSE Cities dives into the importance of COVID-19 relief support for the multitude of informal transit operators in metros like Nairobi and Mexico City, and how the populace rely more on private shuttles than formal systems.

US transit agencies have always been expected to provide the most publicly available transportation service in their regions while simultaneously staying 100% self-funded and profitable. In this light, the US Postal Service suffers from similar ‘measures of success’ that public transportation is currently facing.

Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US has launched its AV TEST tool that tracks autonomous vehicle testing in the country, including data on “driverless pilots in 17 cities across nine states.”

Self-driving tech startup Motional (a joint venture between Aptiv and Hyundai) has expanded its publicly available nuScenes dataset which adds a “lidar segmentation” application to the original 1,000 driving scenes, adding “1.4 billion annotated lidar points” and an entirely new dataset with ~100,000 annotated images.

World-famous architecture firm Zaha Hadid has released its design for the Moscow Klenoviy Boulevard Metro Station 2 project, and it includes an integrated linear light network on the ceiling and floors that offers wayfinding and alerts passengers about upcoming train arrivals.

Ford and the Oxfordshire County Council in the UK are teaming up for a new smart roadway safety tool that will use data from connected vehicles and street sensors to pinpoint potential crash-heavy areas as part of an 18-month pilot.

Sustainability

“Combining the weight of an adult rhinoceros and the aerodynamics of a refrigerator, SUVs require more energy to move around than smaller cars and therefore emit more CO2…” A new emissions analysis from The Guardian shows the stark, and much deadlier, difference  that SUV emissions are for the environment compared to small passenger cars.

“The oft-heard choice among environmentalists is between city or country: Which one is better for the climate?” Bloomberg Green Writer and NYU professor Gernot Wagner pens a climate-focused call to the importance of cities in the fight against climate change and how urban metros combine the best of innovation and density to battle emissions.

The North American biking and walking haven of Vancouver may sound like the safest place for pedestrians and cyclists but a new study from the University of British Columbia shows that “neighbourhoods with high bikeability and walkability scores show higher crash risks to cyclists and pedestrians.”

A new partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and NACTO will give ten cities each $25,000 grants to create community-based street design projects that will use outdoor space for COVID-19 response initiatives such as food and supplies donation and distribution or shared, open space for local residents to promote active mobility.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Specialized ADA Transportation Services: Southern Region Los Angeles County
Access Services
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: September 17, 2020
(Registration required)

RFI: Development of an RFP for a Statewide Mobility Services Program
New York State Department of Transportation
New York, New York
Deadline: September 21, 2020


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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.

SUMC News and Announcements

Plug into more environmental benefits with updated Emissions Calculator

Last week we focused on telecommuting, this week it’s all about electrification, one of the many updates to the Shared Mobility Benefits Calculator on the MOD Learning Center. Now you can measure transit, carshare, and personal vehicle electrification as well as the impact of Shared Mobility Plus EVs.

For example, without any other changes, replacing 75% of transit, carshare and personal vehicles with electric models in Los Angeles could save nearly 50,000 tonnes of CO2 in one year. Add shared mobility and total CO2 reduction tops 5,000,000 tonnes, and these benefits create a healthier world for us all.

Try out the calculator now.

Intel for cities facing increased demands on curbs and sidewalks

Last week our friends at Populus, a data-driven mobility management platform for cities, released a new report on mobility and curb management. It contains a roundup of micromobility permits, fees, and incentive structures that have been adopted in cities and best practices for curb and mobility management.

Download the report

For more information on how streets have evolved during the pandemic, take a look at our case study, Pop-up Mobility Paths and Open Streets due to COVID Crisis.

Fill up your event calendar with Federal Transit Administration

Stay in the know and connect with colleagues at roundtables, webinars, workshops, and more. View the calendar.


Mobility Justice

The suburbs, while commonly clichéd as one-dimensional, contain a wealth of racial, religious, and income-level diversity. Bloomberg CityLab sits down with writer Jason Diamond to discuss his book “The Sprawl: Reconsidering the Weird American Suburbs” and how they are ripe for mobility innovation.

COVID-19 hit Black and Brown communities on the South and West Sides the most in the Chicago metro area, which also happens to be where a large percentage of essential workers live. The Active Transportation Alliance analyzes how these disparities persist even with transportation access throughout these communities.

The City of Boston planned to remove around a quarter of the 500 trees on Melnea Cass Boulevard in the Roxbury neighborhood for a roadway plan that would have added two more lanes, creating more space for cars while removing necessary green space. The community’s residents, which are 90% people of color, denounced this plan as environmental racism and are now fighting back to keep the greenery.

How far do inequities in public transportation go? The Rice University Kinder Institute connects the dots on the way racism has historically shaped the way transit was funded, designed, and policed in American cities and how it dictates the way Black communities move now.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

The California Court of Appeal has granted Lyft and Uber a temporary stay to operate their ridehailing businesses in the state while the appeals process for the driver-employee classification is sorted out. And so it continues…

Chinese mobility company Didi Chuxing has launched its ridehailing service in the Russian city of Kazan, competing with local tech conglomerate Yandex’s local affair.

Toyota UK is bringing 25 Yaris Hybrids to Bristol as part of a collaboration with P2P carsharing platform Hiyacar.

A new P2P carsharing service called Avail Carsharing is slated for eight American cities (locations positioned near airports) with options for contactless pickup and drop-off.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

These two-page briefs from the Better Bike Share Partnership were extracted from a report documenting US bikeshare equity programs from 70 cities across 34 states—and how they help underserved communities.

Essential workers were left stranded once the pandemic hit and transit was reduced to slow the spread of COVID-19, so what did these commuters do? They looked at more shared mobility options and no longer rely on public transportation as the sole way to get to work.

E-bike sales are booming in the US as Americans find new ways to navigate their city streets, but Axios reports that shared e-bike usage from public and private operators still hasn’t recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

Toronto has started rolling out e-bikes for its bikeshare system that will see a total of 300 new pedal-assist bikes and 10 charging stations at the end of the full expansion.

Transit

VIDEO: Take a magical journey on the German “Wuppertal Schwebebahn” skytrain through this renovated, AI-enhanced footage shot in 1902.

From solar-powered bus shelters equipped with ultraviolet sterilizers to touch-free temperature-check kiosks, The World Economic Forum covers state-of-the-art COVID-19 response strategies that Asian countries are implementing for their busy public transportation networks.

The US’ single largest form of national mass transportation, the iconic school bus, is facing capacity challenges as schools implement social distancing strategies. What’s needed to reduce the strain on the yellow bus? More diverse travel patterns, particularly with better bike-to-school planning.

Transit agencies everywhere are fighting the ongoing pandemic to keep passengers and drivers safe while maintaining safe, reliable transportation. Read how the Seattle area is doing it in the Seattle Times.

Technology

Waymo is taking its self-driving tech to the freight industry in Texas with new plans to officially deploy autonomous trucks in the state.

A new hybrid freight train operated by railway company BNSF uses battery power generated from braking to cut emissions is being tested in California’s San Joaquin Valley along a 350-mile route.

An air filtration system that uses UV light and Photohydroionization, an advanced oxidation technology, is being tested for transit after studies showed it can potentially reduce airborne pathogens by 99%.

VIDEO: Researchers from various North American universities and the Singapore-ETH Centre developed a cooled shelter called the “Cold Tube” that uses water-chilled pipes and a humidity-repelling membrane to cool off humid environments, all while consuming less energy (with no emissions) than traditional A/C.

Sustainability

Read this excerpt from “Right of Way”, an upcoming book from former Streetsblog USA Editor and sustainable transportation advocate Angie Schmitt about the lack of pedestrian-centered policies in the US and how partisan politics almost completely made streets anti-pedestrian auto enclaves.

University of Washington researchers found that commercial vehicles cruising for parking accounted for 28% of the driver’s total trip time in downtown Seattle. Their solution? Demand-based parking rates and flexible curb space.

Poland is getting its first mobility hub which will combine shared dockless scooter, bike, and moped parking, dedicated EV charging, and mobility-as-a-service integration in the country’s largest business district in Warsaw.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a new executive order that will chart a plan to hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and transform the state’s energy sector to be more renewable.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

Operators for demand-responsive rideshare service
LA Metro
Los Angeles, California
Deadline: September 2, 2020

RFI: Mobility Services Partnerships
LA Metro
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: September 4, 2020

RFP: Specialized ADA Transportation Services: Southern Region Los Angeles County
Access Services
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: September 17, 2020
(Registration required)

RFI: Development of an RFP for a Statewide Mobility Services Program
New York State Department of Transportation
New York, New York
Deadline: September 21, 2020


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Together, the top 50 U.S. cities could save 100 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

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August 27, 2020

(Chicago, IL) The Shared-Use Mobility Center’s Shared Mobility Benefits Calculator has been updated to include electrification and telecommuting. These additions allow users to measure CO2 emissions savings using the widest variety of modes and determine what modal mix is needed to meet emission-reduction goals—in over 300 U.S. cities.  

“This is crucial as transportation is the number one cause of climate change in the United States and studies show that traffic has returned to 90% of pre-pandemic levels”, stated SUMC Executive Director Sharon Feigon, “we cannot lose sight of the greater crisis we face.”

These additional features join a range of options users can choose from to quantify the amount of climate change-inducing CO2 reductions in tonnes per year, as well as the decrease in overall Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMTs). Users select their approach, reduction goal, and desired mode or modes to get a benefits report that also includes energy and household emissions and a breakdown of modal use.

“Cities need a baseline to work from when planning how to meet emission-reduction goals, said Al Benedict, Research Manager at SUMC who heads the organization’s Mobility On Demand (MOD) Learning Center. “Now local governments can get solid data on what results may be achieved by every option out there—and what may be right for them.”

The Shared Mobility Benefits Calculator was created by the Shared-Use Mobility Center with financial support from the Hewlett Foundation and the McKnight Foundation. It is available for all to use at https://learn.sharedusemobilitycenter.org/benefitcalculator/

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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.

SUMC News and Announcements

Hear SUMC Founder and Executive Director Sharon Feigon’s Presentation on the Role of Equitable Mobility in Chicago’s Future

On August 17, the Federal Bank of Chicago hosted a webinar as part of Project Hometown, a new initiative to foster discussion around the challenges and opportunities in the city’s Seventh District, which includes the downtown, south and west side areas. In The Role of Urban Planning, Architecture, and Transportation in Chicago’s Future, Sharon Feigon, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development Maurice Cox, Foundation for Homan Square Executive Director Kevin Sutton, and Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin shared their diverse and in-depth ideas.

Watch the forum here.

Shared Mobility Benefits Calculator Update Reflects Changing U.S. Work Habits During COVID-19

The Shared-Use Mobility Center’s Mobility On Demand Shared Mobility Benefits Calculator now allows users to find CO₂ emissions and vehicle miles traveled (VMT)  reductions by the number of telecommuters in a selected city from a list of over 300 nationwide. This new feature reflects the latest national trends as 40% of the U.S. workforce was working from home as of June 29, 2020, according to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Surveys have found that this is likely to continue on a full or part-time basis.

This additional mode joins a range of options users can choose to estimate the amount of climate change-inducing CO2 reductions in tonnes per year, as well as the decrease in overall Vehicle Miles, Traveled (VMTs).

The Shared Mobility Benefits Calculator was created by the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) with financial support from the Hewlett Foundation and the McKnight Foundation. It is available to use at SUMC’s Mobility on Demand Learning Center.

Try out the calculator now.

In case you missed it last week, this series of three Learning Center Case Studies looks at transit food delivery programs created in response to COVID-19 to meet the needs of persons with disabilities, the elderly, and those with health complications, and lets you deep-dive into the Denver Regional Transportation District and the rural Charlevoix County Transit programs.

Congratulations to the City of Austin and Capital Metro’s new Austin Transit Partnership

The combined effort will guide administrative, financial, and some technical components of Project Connect, the city of Austin’s transit innovation plan that features underground rail, expanded bus service and the Metro Bike program with an all-electric fleet—and $300 million in anti-displacement funds. What’s next? A ballot measure to raise $7.1 billion for the initial investment will be on the November 2020 ballot.

Check out the transit plan.


Mobility Justice

Tufts University professor and transportation equity advocate Julian Agyeman discusses how a society cannot be sustainable if it’s not equitable and gives examples from Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities in the U.S. on the latest Talking Headways Podcast episode.

The pandemic and current mass exodus of ridership in public transportation have left agencies strapped for funds, leading to service cuts which have only fueled existing inequality in lower-income communities of color that depend on transit to get around. Read why we need to #SaveTransit in the New York Times.

The law, rise of the personal automobile, and the evolution of traffic enforcement have merged on an episode of The War on Cars podcast featuring historian, legal scholar, and novelist Sarah Seo chatting about her book “Policing the Open Road”.

Parks are staples in thriving, livable communities. Yet, a new study by the Trust for Public Land shows that non-white neighborhoods have parks that are as half as large and five times more crowded than majority-white areas. This must change.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

After last week’s ruling ordered Uber and Lyft to classify their drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, the companies have been ramping up efforts to sway riders to support the Proposition 22 measure that will give voters in California the choice of permanently classifying ridehail drivers as contractors.

Meanwhile in the Emerald City, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is moving forward with a minimum wage for ridehail drivers, with the bill making its way to the Seattle City Council this week.

Navigating an ever-changing mobility landscape, Zipcar has emerged to be quite the tenacious although not infallible player during this pandemic as other competitors, specifically free-floating models, have faltered in many key markets around the US.

Kia Motors is on a roll expansion-wise with its global mobility offerings, growing its Kia Flex vehicle subscription service in Korea and ramping up its EV carsharing efforts in Europe and North America with its WiBLE and MoceanLab brands, respectively.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Dockless scooters are officially back on Chicago streets (rideable 5am-10pm daily) with roughly 10,000 scooters available throughout the city from Lime, Spin, and Bird. Block Club Chicago has the scoop.

Sanitation and micromobility come together for this new (patent pending) idea called the KirbyPod that uses smart tech to help fleet operators clean scooters with a built-in hand sanitizing unit.

Santa Monica’s Breeze bikeshare is shutting down this November, citing a decline in ridership from the pandemic and the rise of shared scooter offerings from private companies. Not all hope is lost on e-bikes in the city though, with Lyft planning to launch an e-bikeshare program later this year.

Traffic playgrounds (also dubbed “traffic gardens”) are a growing DIY education movement that uses paint and chalk to teach kids about bike safety using miniature neighborhood play spaces. Sam Balto, a phys-ed elementary school teacher interested in keeping kids active outdoors, is leading the charge for these safe, shared spaces in Portland.

Transit

New York, among many other US cities, is reaching alarming levels of public transit deficits that will lead to crippled transportation systems, affecting millions of workers and riders and upending the economy and daily life. Congress must enact legislation that will #SaveTransit now.

San Francisco will be bringing Muni Metro back on August 22, with social distancing in mind and altered service, but disability rights advocates believe these changes will create painful transfers and limited accessibility solutions for those depending on transit.

The Center for Transportation and the Environment has launched a new guidebook that gives transit agencies and planners a set of best practices and examples for deploying zero-emission buses in cities while emphasizing collaboration with tech providers, utility and energy companies, and contractors.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has released a redesigned bus system proposal that would increase frequency to every 15 minutes for several major routes and focus on improving access to work, education, and healthcare.

Technology

Michigan wants to create the road of the future through a new partnership with Cavnue, a subsidiary of Sidewalk Labs’ spinoff Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, on a stretch of road between Detroit and Ann Arbor using cameras, sensors and other integrated technologies to pave the way for shared, connected, and automated vehicles—by 2022.

In recent years, autonomous shuttle projects were the talk of the town as cities ramped up efforts to bring exciting, emerging technologies to the transportation realm. As pilot projects meet uncertain futures for development and skepticism for an automated ride run wild, tech leaders and local officials are trying to rebound from the uncertainties of a driverless environment.

A new partnership between Michigan’s PlanetM initiative, self-driving tech companies Navya and Bestmile, and other state organizations brings an accessible, autonomous paratransit service to Detroit that will connect two underserved communities where people have mobility needs to the Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital.

Shanghai’s robotaxi market is heating up with new self-driving ridehailing service from startup AutoX, competing with mobility giant Didi’s recently launched AV taxi outfit.

Sustainability

“When two tons of plastic, glass, and metal meet 150 pounds of flesh and bone, the person is going to lose…” Why has pedestrian-friendly technology for cars seen little to no growth in the past several decades in the US, while the pervasiveness of driver-safety features is so common, even everyday commercials tout them? Pedestrians and cyclists deserve better safety precautions, and automakers need to make them standard.

Urban metros and the pandemic aren’t as closely tied as you may think, as this new study of 36 of the densest cities worldwide from researchers Deepti Adlakha from Queen’s University Belfast and Jim Sallis from University of California San Diego finds “‘near-zero’ correlation between density and COVID-19 morbidity and mortality.”

For public space to work for all, street planning for communities must include the perspective of everyone who navigates the neighborhood, including people with disabilities. Bloomberg CityLab breaks down how cyclist advocacy and bike lane infrastructure development can often overlook the needs of accessible design.

Construction can severely hamper sidewalk and bikeway access in congested areas, leaving pedestrians and cyclists to maneuver tight and unsafe spaces to keep moving. Bikemore’s “Detours Done Well” piece shows how ‘closed for construction’ doesn’t always have to mean ‘closed from access’.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Transportation Network Company
IndyGo
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: August 31, 2020

RFI: Mobility Services Partnerships
LA Metro
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: September 4, 2020

RFP: Specialized ADA Transportation Services: Southern Region Los Angeles County
Access Services
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: September 17, 2020
(Registration required)

RFI: Development of an RFP for a Statewide Mobility Services Program
New York State Department of Transportation
New York, New York
Deadline: September 21, 2020


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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.

SUMC News and Announcements

New on the SUMC Learning Center: Transit Food Delivery Programs

A crisis often shows the ingenuity of humanity at the same time it brings us together for the common good.

Empty buses have been well-documented during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but less so vans and wheelchair accessible vehicles filled with emergency food and supplies for people with mobility difficulties. This series of Learning Center Case Studies documents examples of public transit delivery programs that arose in response to COVID-19 to meet the needs of persons with disabilities, the elderly, and those with health complications.

Learn how these food delivery programs operate, who they serve, and how the differing needs of customers and geographic areas influence program design.
In addition to the overview of delivery services, the researchers took a closer look at the design and operations for the Denver Regional Transportation District and the rural Charlevoix County Transit programs.

Join Sharon, city leaders, and experts for a virtual discussion: The Role of Urban Planning, Architecture, and Transportation in Chicago’s Future
August 17, 2020 | 10:00–11:00am CT

This virtual forum will focus on how the physical features of the city may adapt to the pandemic and how the city’s infrastructure and built environment can support inclusive economic growth. Experts will discuss the citywide impact of dense downtown development as well as challenges and opportunities for getting Chicago residents’ connected to jobs and other means for spurring productivity.

This panel, as other Project Hometown events, brings together civic leaders, expert researchers, and Chicago Fed staff to address civic issues from diverse perspectives and examine how places can recover from the pandemic, overcome longstanding inequities and grow stronger.

REGISTER NOW or CLICK HERE for more information.

Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) 2020 Annual Event: #BuildBackBetter
September 15, 2020, Noon – 12:45 p.m. CDT

MPC is honoring one of Chicago’s foremost corporate citizens, John W. Rogers, Jr., co-CEO of Ariel Investments, with the 2020 MPC Champion Fighter Award. John’s extraordinary contributions to racial equity and business diversity have had a transformative impact on countless institutions.

Attendance is open to everyone, but you must register by September 13, 2020.
REGISTER


Mobility Justice

Streetsblog Chicago checks in with Equiticity Founder and CEO Olatunji Oboi Reed about his return to advocacy work, his history with community-centered programs around cycling equity, and the difficulties that POC face when tackling issues like mental health.

Kamala Harris is set to run as Joe Biden’s Vice President nominee for the 2020 Election and sustainability is a key focus for the upcoming political landscape that will determine the US’ future goals for fighting climate change. MarketWatch takes at look at Harris’ recent climate-directed initiatives, such as her recently released Climate Equity Act, and what that may mean for environmental justice.

Read how Levar Stoney, the 39-year-old Black Mayor of Richmond, VA is dismantling the monuments to white supremacy that have long perched on pedestals throughout the former capital of the Confederacy, and, in doing so, is bringing to light the contrasting cultures in a city attempting to redefine itself as the most famous statue of all, that of Robert E. Lee, looks on.

Over the next five years, Lyft will be providing over 1.5 million rides to Black Americans, distributed through 10+ racial justice organizations, to help fill gaps in transit deserts and communities with limited mobility options as part of the company’s Lyft Up Access Alliance program.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

In a landmark ruling. A California Superior Court Judge has mandated that Lyft and Uber classify their drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, which would grant them the basic protections and benefits as employees under labor law.

Toyota Sweden will be using mobility platform Ridecell to run its KINTO Share carshare operations in Stockholm (which has been in service since June), expanding Ridecell’s growth as a B2B mobility solutions leader.

Surging ahead in electrified mobility, Singapore’s BlueSG EV carsharing service has hit a one-million-rentals milestone since launching in the city-state nearly three years ago. Congrats!

Uber’s latest second-quarter earnings report shows a growing trend in its delivery business that, in some but not all revenue and bookings aspects, has overtaken its core ridehailing service in gross bookings, which can be attributed to the stark decrease in rides brought on by the pandemic.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Listen to NPR’s guide on getting started with biking featuring tips from expert cyclists who want to help you get rolling on good-for-you, two-wheeled transportation for your next errand or a simple breezy ride.

Learn about one cyclist’s experiences from carrying her 6-week old newborn to shuttling her excited one-year old, all on a cargo bike in the Cambridge, MA area, on Streetsblog MASS.

In Madrid, a new approach to dedicated bike infrastructure uses “slow lanes” with speed limits of 30 km/h (about 19 mph) for bikes, e-bikes, mopeds, and other two-wheeled vehicles, dubbed the “Madrid Model”, that forgoes physical barriers altogether.

Aspen and Basalt, CO get a taste of the e-bike frenzy with new pedal-assist options added to the WE-cycle bikeshare program.

Transit

Check out the New York Times’ interactive feature showing how a subway car’s ventilation and air circulation system work to reduce exposure to viral air particles from non-mask and mask-wearing riders.

Catch the latest updates about COVID-19 in the Bay Area and how public transit can adapt and thrive despite a pandemic-strained system from SFMTA Director Jeffrey Tumlin on KALW.

Agencies, cities, policymakers, and planners will need to come together to #SaveTransit as millions of people depend on it as their lifeline to essential services, amenities, and jobs. TransitCenter highlights three stories from transit-dependent riders that stress the importance of affordable and reliable mobility.

New York’s plan to turn the state into a clean transportation powerhouse has a large focus on electrification for personal automobiles and commercial trucks and buses. Is this merely a pigeonholed response to much more robust strategies like massive public transit investment and better ped-and-bike planning?

Technology

Renamed and revving up for its full-autonomous offerings that will take place next year, Hyundai and self-driving tech startup Aptiv have a new name for their ridehailing robotaxi project: Motional.

The New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO) has launched a new resource guide and toolkit for micromobility data that aims to connect best practices in shared mobility with policy goals that incorporate infrastructure, equity, environmental challenges, safety, health, and other key metrics.

There’s a new update for the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS for short) that shares data about vehicle type and information about how it was powered—be it from regular human power to pedal-assist tech—as well as geofenced virtual station parameters for dockless offerings.

Yandex, the Moscow-based tech conglomerate, has started testing 4th-gen autonomous Hyundai Sonatas in Ann Arbor, MI in partnership with Hyundai’s Mobis brand.

Sustainability

The inequities that lower-income communities of color face with the entrenchment of suburban sprawl, which was brought on by racist zoning laws that intrinsically enforced segregation in cities, is only exacerbated by the effects of transportation emissions and climate change. To fight against sprawl is to fight for a more environmentally-sound future for everyone.

What happens when you replace 10% of a city’s roads with greenery? Cities in the Netherlands like Arnhem are fighting urban heat caused by large swaths of pavement while offsetting extreme flooding and fighting the effects of climate change.

Congratulations to Portland for passing a historic measure that lifts the ban on affordable duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and six-home lots throughout the metro area while removing “all parking mandates from three quarters of the city’s residential land”.

What can cities do when transit is constrained and there’s an impending “carpocalypse” that will see car-congested streets take over because of a ongoing pandemic? Upzone it. Upzone it all. Build housing near jobs so people can cut their commute to a simple 10-minute stroll.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Transportation Network Company
IndyGo
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: August 31, 2020

RFI: Mobility Services Partnerships
LA Metro
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: September 4, 2020

RFP: Specialized ADA Transportation Services – Southern Region
Los Angeles County Access Services
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: September 17, 2020
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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.

SUMC News and Announcements

SUMC is busy working on MOD Learning Center case studies, insightful articles, and shared mobility updates we can’t wait to share. Until then, you can dive into the latest shared mobility news and new RFI and RFPs below.

Webinars On Our Radar

Between Two Futures: How Can Transit Investment be a Tool for Equity?
ITS America
August 10, 2020, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CDT

Transit systems around the country are struggling to maintain vital services in these unprecedented times. How are transportation leaders using the equity lens to make critical investment and policy decisions? This webinar will talk to leaders of transit systems in Delaware, Columbus (OH), Las Vegas, and Philadelphia.
REGISTER 

Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) 2020 Annual Event: #BuildBackBetter
September 15, 2020, Noon – 12:45 p.m. CDT

MPC is honoring one of Chicago’s foremost corporate citizens, John W. Rogers, Jr., co-CEO of Ariel Investments, with the 2020 MPC Champion Fighter Award. John’s extraordinary contributions to racial equity and business diversity have had a transformative impact on countless institutions.

Attendance is open to everyone, but you must register by September 13, 2020.
REGISTER


Mobility Justice

On the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Eno Center for Transportation reflects on the legislation’s influence on public transportation accessibility, and how the universal design practices it spawned can benefit all users.

Chicago alderman Matt Martin spoke at a recent 47th Ward Transportation and Infrastructure Budget Town Hall, updating residents about plans to create safer, more equitable streets by prioritizing biking, walking, and transit use over single-occupancy driving.

Listening to community concerns about transportation and mobility justice isn’t enough. Power needs to be shared with communities to decide what initiatives will work best, explains Naomi Doerner, principal and director of equity, diversity, and inclusion at Nelson/Nygaard, in The Movement podcast.

Urban renewal? Highways created physical barriers that erased historically black communities like Paradise Valley and Black Bottom in Detroit. Tear them down, writes the Detroit Free Press.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

The US House has passed Sami’s Law, a bill that requires ridehailing companies to use a form of digital driver verification for better passenger safety, after Samantha Josephson was killed last year by a man posing as her Uber driver in Columbia, SC,

Lyft’s car rental service, which debuted last December, is expanding to Las Vegas, Miami, and Seattle with a new partnership with car rental company Sixt.

Hyundai’s MoceanLab carsharing outfit based in LA will provide low-emission hybrid vehicles to USC Keck School of Medicine’s Street Medicine Team to provide basic medical and mental health services to the homeless.

Kia Motors has launched a new mobility-focused startup called Purple M that offers customizable, electric transportation-as-a-service in the Korean market.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

The UK is investing £2 billion ($2.57 billion) in a new government organization that will promote cycling and walking as tools to boost public health, reduce obesity and car-dependency, and cut pollution.

Kane County, IL has a new pool of shared wheels through the Fox Valley Bike Share System and they’re ready for people to ride, thanks to a partnership with mobility operator Koloni and local organizations.

Fancy 1,400 miles of off-road bike and pedestrian trails? Well, that may be in the works soon due to a new proposed plan from the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments that would expand the network of active pathways in the greater Washington region.

Geospatial Data Scientist at Wells + Associates Matthew Holden pours over Capital Bikeshare ridership data to analyze the pandemic’s impact on DC’s bikeshare system, unearthing a decline of 36% compared to March of 2019.

Transit

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY21 minibus bill with $18.9 billion in budgetary appropriations for the Federal Transit Administration as part of a total of $107.2 billion for the US Department of Transportation.

Speaking of funding, Caltrans will boost their Low Carbon Transit Operations Program with an approved $146 million to finance 166 local public transportation projects for reducing emissions and creating more sustainable systems—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The Bay Area Transportation Authority has started a new on-demand microtransit service, called Link On-Demand, in Traverse City, MI that will run as a pilot until July 31 of next year, giving locals a more seamless variety of mobility options.

Technology

In the next five years, you could see upwards of 2,700 new fast chargers all over the US thanks to a new partnership between GM and electric vehicle charging network EVgo.

Researchers out of UK’s Aston University have developed software that uses route optimization algorithms, similar to how ant colonies share knowledge on the best solutions for a task, that would save time and fuel costs for commercial fleets while halving vehicle emissions.

How to keep to the rising sales of EVs from becoming gigawatt-sized challenges for the power grid? As the National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports, it’s a combination of EV-charging control strategies, grid integration, scenario simulation, and alternative energy sources like hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Lithium-ion batteries are a hot commodity in today’s (thankfully) clean-energy focused transportation industry. Since EV battery supplies need to be managed strategically, let’s electrify transit buses and commercial trucks before personal automobiles.

Sustainability

The persistent threat of climate change has spawned decade-spanning plans in countries all over the world to rebuild our spaces as resilient, sustainable networks that bank on renewable processes and energy. The US, writes Fortune, must follow with immediate green infrastructure recovery strategies to adapt.

COVID Mobility Works has gathered a collection of global insights and program examples of street reallocation plans that give bicyclists and pedestrians a greater right of way on city streets.

Local organizations like the Inner-City Muslim Action Network are reinventing Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood with grassroots efforts that will adaptively reuse old buildings for public health, housing, job training, and green space programs. What’s first on the bill? A new produce-focused market that features flexible space for community events and job training.

“Neglecting the human component is by far the worst mistake that an aspiring smart city can do.” Learn about human-centric approaches to smart city development and how technology can play a role in civic innovation on ArchDaily.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFI: Creative Uses for Utilizing Existing Curbside Electric, Telecommunications, and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: August 14, 2020

RFI: Comprehensive Transit Technology Solution
Metro Transit
Madison, WI
Deadline: August 31, 2020

RFP: Specialized ADA Transportation Services: Southern Region Los Angeles County
Access Services
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: September 17, 2020
(Registration required)


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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.

SUMC News and Announcements

Virtual Roundtable Today at 3 PM CDT

Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the Buffett Institute on Global Affairs invite you to an Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) on Shared Mobility and Micromobility in Reopening Cities on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 1 PM PST/ 3 PM CDT / 4 PM EST. This event is fourth in a series of NUTC AVR “Reopening our Cities” Roundtables, and follows discussions about “The vital role of Public Transportation,” and “E-delivery Challenges.” There will be time for Q & A.

Speakers include (from left to right):

Sharon Feigon – Shared-Use Mobility Center
Susan Shaheen – University of California, Berkeley
Shin-pei Tsay – Uber
Hani S. Mahmassani – NUTC; Northwestern University

Click the Zoom link to join.

Clean Mobility Options Program News: Supporting zero-emission shared mobility in California’s underserved communities

The Clean Mobility Options Program aims to accept Mobility Project Voucher Applications starting at 9:00 am PT on October 20, 2020, which will be processed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is now $20 million available for Clean Mobility Projects (up to $1 million per project). Of the total $20 million, $2 million is set-aside specifically for tribes.

The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program is a statewide initiative to provide zero-emission carsharing, carpooling/vanpooling, bikesharing/scootersharing, innovative transit services, and ride-on-demand services to disadvantaged communities, as well as eligible low-income tribal and affordable-housing communities, throughout California to increase access to safe, reliable, convenient and affordable transportation options.

For more information, please visit the Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program website or email fabian@sharedusemobilitycenter.org.


Mobility Justice

TIME Magazine shares Elevator Pitch, a short film that blends public testimonials from New York MTA meetings with scenes of people navigating transit station stairs to highlight the wide accessibility issues present in the city’s subway system.

The Metropolitan Planning Council, along with the Center for Neighborhood Technology, UIC, and Westside American Job Center, held a virtual discussion on July 17 that looked at the transportation challenges that essential workers from disadvantaged areas face and how equitable mobility access can help low-income communities of color. Watch the recording here.

“Racial segregation was not the byproduct of urban planning; it was, in many cases, its intention…” Read how urban planning policies were and are used to advance racist agendas in housing and public space in Minneapolis from Tufts University Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Julian Agyeman in The Conversation.

The adoption of shared “Slow Streets” in cities like Chicago, New York, Oakland, and Minneapolis prioritized active transportation and fostered a safer public space for pedestrians and cyclists—for those whose jobs afford them the luxury of working from home. Without input from Black communities, with higher numbers of essential workers, these initiatives are akin to redlining.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

A win for ridehail drivers. The New York Department of Labor has ruled that Uber and Lyft immediately pay out unemployment insurance benefits to drivers in the state after months of delays and backed up payment claims.

Stepping up goals for lower carbon emissions, the California Air Resources Board has proposed a new plan that would require 60% of ridehail miles traveled be from electric vehicles by 2030.

Research from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology found that ridehailing was more likely to complement public transit trips in suburban, lower-density areas of the Chinese city of Chengdu, than in transit-heavy areas.

Regulatory barriers, the ongoing pandemic, and a strong taxi market forced Chinese ridehailing company Didi Chuxing to scale back operations in Japan to trim losses and focus on select cities.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

The micromobility companies Lime, Dott and Tier have all secured operating permits to run dockless scooter-sharing in Paris for up to two years as the city plans to add 2,500 dedicated parking spots to prepare.

“I got my first trike when I was 12, and it opened the world to me.” Streetsblog shares Seattle-based nonprofit Rooted in Rights’ video about the empowering qualities of bikes, trikes, tandems, and other ADA-accessible devices for people with disabilities.

Biking is booming and cities are slowly catching up to providing the necessary infrastructure and public space to make it safe and inclusive for people to roll on two wheels. As the pandemic rages on around the world, Saris Infrastructure believes now is the time to build a more bike-friendly normal.

NY-based micromobility company Helbiz will be bringing dockless scooters to Arlington and Alexandria, VA, following up its launch of e-bikes in the DC area earlier in the year.

Transit

After the US Senate left out dedicated transit funding in the second coronavirus relief proposal, leaders from transit agencies around the country have called on Congress to include at least $32 billion for public transportation systems that support essential workers and those in the healthcare industry.

The New York MTA will receive 50 new electric-hybrid buses from New Flyer and Allison Transmission as the agency moves to reduce CO2 emissions in the city.

After a five-year wait, New Jersey Transit users will now be able to board three light rail lines using only their smartphones and a mobile ticketing app.

Hall Area Transit in Georgia and Via are partnering up to offer a on-demand microtransit service in the Gainesville region that will launch in October this year.

Technology

Local Motors and Florida-based autonomous vehicle company Beep are going to bring all-electric 3D-printed self-driving shuttles to the masses in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s AV TEST program.

Contactless payments are hitting public transportation systems in 500 cities around the world, courtesy of Visa, to usher in touchless options during the COVID-19 outbreak and boost the trend of digital transit fares.

With a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, a researcher from Binghamton University will work with electric vehicle tech companies BAE Systems and C4V to study fast-charging capabilities for EV buses to allow for 5-10 minute fill ups at major bus stops.

Columbus, Ohio and the Smart Columbus initiative are relaunching the electric, self-driving Linden LEAP shuttles to deliver needed food during the pandemic and offer first/last-mile connections to mobility hubs in the city.

Sustainability

Signaling a bold step forward in sustainable development, New Zealand will stop cities from imposing off-street parking minimums in urban areas (with the exception of spaces for people with mobility impairments) and set a minimum height limit of six-stories for developments near current or planned rapid transit stations.

Around 114 “low traffic neighborhoods” (LTNs) are being implemented all over London to curb car traffic while including bike-and ped-friendly infrastructure for safer streets. Opposition for LTNs, however, hark on potential socioeconomic barriers that they bring when implemented in often higher-income areas while diverting traffic to less-affluent streets.

CEO and president of Ceres Mindy Lubber outlines a multi-faceted approach for how Massachusetts can lead the nation in a net-zero emissions goal that supports a strong “climate-smart” recovery, touching on programs that support energy efficiency, clean energy, and the economy. Read her thoughts on wbur.org.

Accessory commercial units (or ACUs) that were popularized in the early 20th century allowed for mixed-use communities that sustained small businesses in cities while creating denser, more walkable environments for people to access local amenities. With COVID-19 keeping many downtowns empty, Fast Company believes we should bring them back.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network
The City of Saint Paul
St. Paul, MN
Deadline: August 07, 2020

RFI: Technologies to Assess Real Time Transit Vehicle Occupancy
Cal-ITP
California
Deadline: August 7, 2020

RFI: Creative Uses for Utilizing Existing Curbside Electric, Telecommunications, and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: August 14, 2020


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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.

SUMC News and Announcements

Austin’s MetroBike gets the go-ahead. Board approves the bikeshare-to-transit MOD On-Ramp program project.

Photo by Ryan Thornton, Austin Monitor

On Monday, July 20, Capital Metro’s Board of Directors approved a resolution to execute an InterLocal Agreement (ILA) with the City of Austin to co-manage and integrate bikeshare to the public transit system. This partnership is the result of Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC)’s work providing technical assistance to Capital Metro during the Mobility on Demand (MOD) On-Ramp Program.

While sprawl, congestion, and changing travel patterns are not unique to this fast-growing region, the City of Austin and Capital Metro chose to address these issues through the MOD On-Ramp proposal. The plan entailed integrating bikeshare to transit—in doing so expanding the service area to improve first/last-mile access, introducing electric bikes, and leading towards a multimodal, rider-centric mobility integration.

After 12 months of free, in-depth, technical assistance from the MOD On-Ramp program to focus on innovation and implementation, the ‘MetroBike’ program is official. The City and Capital Metro are partnering with the local non-profit Bike Share of Austin for the program’s operations and maintenance. We are looking forward to the next milestone.

Learn more about the On-Ramp program here.

Join us for a new Webinar
Inclusive Mobility: Enabling the Participation of Older Adults and People with Disabilities

The National Aging & Disability Transportation Center and the Shared-Use Mobility Center invite you to a webinar about shared mobility and how these transportation options can work for aging populations and people with disabilities. Speaking will be Steve Yaffe of Yaffe Mobility Consulting, Mitch LaRosa, Program Director for Shared Mobility, Inc., and Al Benedict, Research Manager for the Shared-Use Mobility Center. Join us!

Register in advance for this webinar.


Mobility Justice

Sustainable growth and development in cities cannot be equitable if community placemaking and engagement is ignored. Curbed takes examples and stories from urbanist projects around the US, showing how city planners can overlook, and even harm, the communities of color they aim to serve.

Read the stories of five women cyclists who turned two wheels into tools of empowerment, connecting them to Black Lives Matter protests, reconnecting them to their cities, and acting as a vital, equitable form of transportation.

“…what counts as “neighborhood character,” and who gets to define it?” Rewire writes how a discussion about “character” in a St. Paul, Minnesota development project mimics arguments from past zoning laws in the US that excluded low-income people, people of color, and immigrants from housing due to overt classism and racism in predominantly white neighborhoods.

Director of Policy Development at APTA Darnell Grisby shares his history and thoughts about systemic racism in public transportation policy in the US, how it has been amplified through the lens of the Black Lives Matter movement, and three key solutions that can help rebuild transportation equity in metros.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

In a bold move, Uber has acquired transportation software company RouteMatch to “help bolster its own efforts to integrate more public transportation services in its app”, reports The Verge.

Meanwhile, a new initiative from the ridehailing giant involves working with US public health officials to get more accurate data around coronavirus contact tracing on people who use the Uber app.

Israeli ridehailing company Gett has raised a cool $100 million and is sticking to a focus of B2B on-demand rides in an every-changing transportation market.

Using their own cars, paying their own expenses, and working many odd hours creates a complicated map of how much ridehailing drivers make. As Seattle plans to set a minimum wage for drivers, Next City compares two studies that look at how much they really take home.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Chicago’s Divvy bikeshare system is making a large expansion into the city’s Far South Side, adding 60 square miles to the network,and bringing 16.5 miles of bike lanes to offer more clean and equitable transportation options.

From this month through September, Bosch, Tern Bicycles, Stile Products, Inc., and B-Cycle are offering 12 cargo e-bikes and 24 regular e-bikes to community organizations, small businesses, and public entities in Chicago to help with the delivery of emergency food and supplies for South and Westside communities.

Portland’s BIKETOWN is expanding to the tune of 1,500 new pedal-assist e-bikes, effectively doubling the service area, to reach more residents in North and South Portland.

Starting in ten cities worldwide with more areas to come, Google Maps will give you trip-planning directions that directly integrate with docked bikeshare systems for easier multimodal wayfinding.

Transit

This worldwide pandemic has proven that public transit, even in its whittled state of ridership, is the backbone of how our cities function by giving essential workers affordable and reliable mobility. The bus is a cornerstone of these systems and deserves more public space for rapid transit, expanded stops and stations and other service-enhancing features.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants the entire Transport for London Tube network to meet zero-carbon energy sources by 2030 as part of new plans for the London Environment Strategy.

About $50 million is heading for Massachusetts east-west rail project after the State Senate approved the $17 billion Transportation Bond Bill for the state’s transportation system.

For Orlando’s Lynx bus system, the Link 8 route is the most popular one that helps connect low-income workers to other transit hubs and essential hospitality and tourism jobs. How will COVID-19 change ridership patterns for the route and what does mean for future transportation needs in the region?

Technology

Detroit-based initiatives like Michigan Mobility Challenge and PlanetM are turning the ‘Motor City’ into a mobility and robotics technology hub that is elevating the state of Michigan to an innovation powerhouse.

Watch Bloomberg’s feature on one company’s mission to electrify mass transit around the world—one bus at a time—to bring about an age of sustainable, clean energy for transportation, featuring Proterra Co-founder and Executive Director Ryan Popple.

DC’s Metro will be increasing the number of buses and trains, including adding more hours of service, to the system starting August 16 as the area’s transit demand inches closer to pre-COVID levels.

New York MTA’s new OMNY contactless fare payment system for transit reaches all subway stations in the Bronx, with more than 60% of all subway stations with it installed.

Sustainability

The ‘15-minute cities” concept championed by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is front and center in C40 Cities’ latest report on green recovery strategies to help rebuild economies and mobility systems during COVID-19.

In the latest Talking Headways Podcast episode, host Jeff Wood sits down with assistant professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan Rob Goodspeed to talk about his new book on ‘scenario planning’ and how it is a useful tool for comparing the effectiveness of different approaches to land use, transportation planning, housing and more.

A July 14 webinar hosted by the Knight Foundation covered how transportation systems have adapted during the pandemic and what wins (and pitfalls) cities have experienced from the resulting initiatives. Read more on Smart Cities Dive.

A new report from management consultancy Arthur D. Little and International Association of Public Transport (UITP) creates context for sweeping, “system-level” changes to mobility governance and funding that would help bridge private operations with public goals for better MaaS integration.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network
The City of Saint Paul
St. Paul, MN
Deadline: August 07, 2020

RFI: Technologies to Assess Real Time Transit Vehicle Occupancy
Cal-ITP
California
Deadline: August 7, 2020

RFI: Creative Uses for Utilizing Existing Curbside Electric, Telecommunications, and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
IndyGO
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: August 14, 2020


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