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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

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit

March 17-19, 2020
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Mobility for all is coming. Learn more.

Look out for exciting Summit news next week!

 

Fresh from the MOD Learning Center!

We’ve updated the Metro Profiles of the top 25 largest regions in the US with the latest carshare and bikeshare numbers. Speaking of carshare, did you know that 34% of all adults in Vancouver have a carshare membership? Read about one innovative pilot that’s helping them expand these numbers even more. Visit the Learning Center.

Shape mobility and equity in Detroit on October 23, 2019.
Join SUMC, Via, Ford Mobility, and Bedrock to lean about the changes taking place and share your ideas for ensuring that transportation is available, affordable, and accessible for everyone. Learn more and register here.

We’re hiring! Visit our site to view job openings in both our Los Angeles and Chicago locations.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Uber drivers aren’t drivers, “They’re independent, third-party transportation providers.” This Washington Post article investigates how ridehailing companies like Uber classify their workers as a legal defense against liability.

Drivy will now be known as Getaround in France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Belgium, and the UK. This comes six months after Getaround acquired the French startup.

Carpooling app Hitch is expanding its service to include a new Austin-to-Dallas route, adding another needed option for shared, long-distance trips in Texas.

The competing motivations of revenue-preserving “walled gardens” vs the fundamental need for open mobility are increasingly vying for dominance. Lyft’s blockage of a third-party transit app from accessing New York’s Citi Bikes is the latest example.

Partnerships and Programs

The Pittsburgh Micromobility Collective is a consortium that wants to reduce solo-driving commutes with mobility hubs, bringing together bikeshare and scooter-sharing options near transit and navigable through the Transit app.

An on-demand, flexible transit pilot has been proposed for Wilson, NC, with help from Ford-owned transportation solutions company TansLoc. It could come in early 2020 and feature wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

The US DOT has launched a new initiative to boost transportation projects and infrastructure focus in rural areas. Smart, considering these are the areas where solo driving is often considered the only option.

VIDEO: BBC compares three family’s routes to school in the UK—car, bike, and walking—and determines which mode is exposed to the most pollution. It’s the car, of course.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Read up on Mobility Lab’s evaluation of Arlington County, VA’s dockless mobility pilot, including the lessons city and mobility operators learned.

The head of sustainability at Bird pens an op-ed about the need for more micromobility (read: bike lanes) on New York streets to give low- and no-carbon modes a bigger piece of the street-space pie.

German mobility startup Tier is the first to operate dockless scooters with swappable batteries with 200 models launched in Paris, making it easier and more sustainable to juice up shared scooters.

Chipping away at car culture, new micromobility options in Milwaukee are working in tandem with the city’s Bublr bikeshare system to get people out of cars for cleaner and safer city streets.

Transit

Transit advocate and consultant Jarrett Walker reviews Better Buses, Better Cities by TransitCenter’s Director of Research Steven Higashide, which looks at the opportunity and power of this humble mode.

A new report from US PIRG and Environment America profiled six metro areas where electric buses can be successful and what local transit agencies are doing to make them go toe-to-toe with legacy diesel options.

Governing lays out how the US-China trade war is shaking rail car manufacturing operations in Philadelphia, putting local agency SEPTA right in the middle of a piping hot economic struggle.

What if New York’s recent transformation of a busy section of 14th Street into a bus-only street was repeated with bus lanes across the country? CityLab looks at the impressive results.

Technology

Google Maps has upgraded its directions feature with improved voice navigation and guidance for people with visual impairments, a big step forward in accessible mobility wayfinding.

Billions of dollars and years of development later, Dyson has officially killed its anticipated EV project after having difficulties finding a buyer for the project’s design.

Mobility fare payment company Cubic is working with Google Pay to enable transit cards in Google’s payment platform so users can reload funds and purchase tickets all through their smartphone.

AUDIO: Hear Sidewalk Labs’s latest City of the Future podcast episode about Mobility on Demand and how shared mobility innovations are transforming cities with mobility analyst Horace Dediu, Trimet’s Bibiana McHugh, MaaS Global CEO Sampo Hietanen, and Sidewalk Labs’ Associate Director for New Mobility Corinna Li.

Urban Sustainability

Read this open letter to C40 mayors on congestion pricing, signed by Uber, Via, UC Davis, WRI, Lyft, World Economic Forum, Imperial College London, Mobility IL, and the University of Cologne on behalf of the World Economic Forum’s Global New Mobility Coalition.

Curious about passenger- and freight-traffic emissions across the US? This detailed map courtesy of the New York Times has you covered.

According to Bike Snob, cycling is much more prominent in the US than it appears and giving cyclists a safe, secure path to ride would increase these numbers. Absolutely.

There’s more to America’s car culture than what big automakers promote in glossy TV ads. NBC’s THINK segment dissects the hidden, and often polarizing, subsidies that make it easy and pretty much free to drive and how changing this model is starting to move forward.

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Information

RFP: Strategic Plan
Akron Metro RTA
Ohio
Deadline: November 6, 2019

RFP: Bus Inspection Services for Battery Electric Buses
Des Moines Area RTA
Iowa
Deadline: November 15, 2019

RFP: Environmental Assessment Services
VIA Metropolitan Transit
San Antonio, Texas
Deadline: November 26, 2019

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 11, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-october-11-2019/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:12:30 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9559 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 11, 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

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit

March 17-19, 2020
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Mobility for all is coming. Learn more.

 

Mobility hubs come to life in the Twin Cities. A dozen non-automotive transit centers and community gathering places will increase mobility options in disadvantaged communities while providing an alternative to the privately-owned automobile. Read about this incredible victory for shared mobility in SUMC’s blog, and download the smart resources that guided the SUMC-led development committee throughout the process. Visit the Blog.

The four-month #ChicagoScooter pilot ends in less than 1 week! Tuesday, October 15th is your last day to scoot around the Windy City…for now. Hop on an e-scooter near you and share your thoughts in the official survey.

Visit the MOD Learning Center to see how an app makes riding transit easier in Ohio and Northern Kentucky. 
NEORide (a council of ten transit agencies in the region) recently launched the EZfare app, a one-stop-shop for riders to plan trips and purchase tickets in 13 different transit agencies. Learn about it here.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Car2go may be leaving Chicago but Streetsblog has a few alternatives in mind that officials could focus on to reduce private vehicle ownership in the city.

Uber has launched a new app for gig workers that helps connect them to employers looking for temporary staffing. This comes just weeks after California enacted a law to reclassify independent contractors as full-time employees.

With Mayor Lori Lightfoot looking to increase fees for ridehailing services in Chicago, Via wants the city to focus on decreasing solo rides while incentivizing more pooled trips.

Uber buys Middle-Eastern ridehailing giant Careem for $3.1 billion to expand its global operations.

Partnerships and Programs

Transportation for America released three guiding principles for transportation investment that focus on prioritizing maintenance backlog, designing streets for safety, and connecting people to jobs and amenities with an eye on access.

Washington State, Oregon, and British Columbia are working together on a plan to build high-speed rail that will link the Pacific Northwest corridor, the fastest growing area of North America.

The USDOT’s Federal Railroad Administration has made $396 million available in grant funding for private, state, and local rail infrastructure investments to improve intercity passenger service.

Apple’s hometown Cupertino is partnering with Via for shared, on-demand shuttle rides—the city’s first foray (finally) into providing citywide public transit.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Lyft has blocked the Transit app’s access to New York’s Citi Bikes (operated by the Lyft-owned Motivate), making it even harder for riders to book bikeshare trips without using the official app. This doesn’t affect Divvy users in Chicago though…for now.

A new report from Bird and consulting firm Carbone 4 looks at the benefits of small electric vehicles, like dockless scooters and e-bikes, and how they can help cities decarbonize and decrease emissions as long as they don’t replace walking and standard biking trips.

Scooter startup Bird announced $275 million in funding at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference last week, then discussed the big transportation picture including the shift from traditional to shared and dockless modes.

Nice Ride Minnesota mulls moving from fully dockless bikes to adding up to 2,000 e-bikes with lock-to functionality where trips could be ended at a bikeshare station or public bike rack.

Transit

Light rail ridership is up in DC, New York, and other metros (sorry Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles) showing an overall, upward trend nationally compared to the same period last year in both rail and total public transportation trips.

New York turned a stretch of busy 14th street into a dedicated busway, with only buses, trucks, and emergency vehicles having access. How does it feel compared to the city’s usual traffic-burdened roads and honk-fueled air? Like a miracle, of course.

Metra is ready to ramp up investment and improvements for commuter rail riders in the next several years with $2.6 billion dedicated to rail cars, transit infrastructure, service maintenance, and stations as part of the capital program passed earlier this year.

Madison, WI Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway wants to use a vehicle registration “wheel tax” to build out bus rapid transit and fund other bus improvements in the city.

Technology

Waymo will start mapping LA streets this week for autonomous vehicle data, but hasn’t confirmed any plans to operate self-driving cars in the city…yet.

Google’s Waze is upgrading its Connected Citizens Program data-sharing platform so that hundreds of cities and partners will have access to user-friendly dashboard analytics and visualization tools, making access to their traffic data much more intuitive.

Electric charging company Volta wants to build out a network of free, fast-charging EV stations in the US with plans to install the first 150 over the next year.

Earther warns about the impending “Carmageddon” that would ensue if proper regulation isn’t made quickly to prevent self-driving cars from making congestion, pollution, and street safety worse.

Urban Sustainability

“…much of our discourse around cars, self-driving or otherwise, is less about transforming the status quo than maintaining it, obscuring paths to progress exactly when we need them most, and leaving pedestrians right in the line of fire.” Read more about pedestrian safety trends and how roads are becoming deadlier for people (but not drivers) on The Guardian.

In a world where research, reports, and statistics on the crisis around climate change fall on deaf ears, Greta Thunberg is helping scientists. activists, and people that care about the environment have a unified voice that would have normally been ignored.

The Federal Highway Administration has been forcing cities to remove their crosswalk art, citing that it makes intersections and streets unsafe. No studies have confirmed if this is true, but stories from city officials say they actually make pedestrians feel safer.

With thousands of deaths associated with America’s automobile culture, just making them autonomous won’t magically make our streets safer. NYT looks at the stats and real-world stories of people affected by America’s driving epidemic.

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Information

RFP: 2021 Transportation Alternatives Program
Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas
Deadline: November 1, 2019

Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning
Federal Transit Administration
Washington DC
Deadline: November 18, 2019

RFI: Implementation of Bus Rapid Transit on MD 355
Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Bethesda to Clarksburg, Maryland
Deadline: November 22, 2019

Spin’s Mobility Data for Safer Streets
Spin, StreetLight Data, Populus
Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

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Mobility Hubs Come to Life in the Twin Cities https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hubs-in-twin-cities/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 23:00:02 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9537 Four mobility hubs have launched in North Minneapolis and they are just the beginning. Eight more of these centers, which bring together shared mobility services near transit stops, will open...

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Four mobility hubs have launched in North Minneapolis and they are just the beginning. Eight more of these centers, which bring together shared mobility services near transit stops, will open in the South and Northeast areas of the City. Some of these locations are in low-income or underserved communities where the hubs make it easier to access a variety of affordable travel options in one place.

Wayfinding at the Penn and Lowry hub.

Ticket vending at the lighted and heated shelter.

Mobility Hubs are more than multipurpose transit stops, however. They are places where the community can gather and learn about new ways of getting around. They are connection points to fill transit gaps and to access all the elements of a happy, productive life no matter your income or ability. They are tangible facilitators of opportunity and access.

The genesis of the new hubs was the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s 2017 Twin Cities Shared Mobility Action Plan. Developed by a large group of Twin Cities stakeholders with the support of the McKnight Foundation, the Action Plan provides a roadmap for how the region can address several pressing challenges—including looming congestion issues related to population growth, ongoing disparities in transportation access, and intensifying competition with peer cities for residents and businesses—by equitably scaling up shared mobility and public transit.

A street view of the bus rapid transit.

Placemaking doubles as extra seating.

On a typical day, Metro Transit’s high-frequency buses stop by every 10 minutes or less, as residents come aboard or hop on a Nice Ride bikeshare bike or a dockless scooter. Other people relax and mingle on benches, among placemaking elements that appeal to passersby. The design of these hubs, which were implemented in collaboration with Metro Transit, Hennepin County, and mobility providers and neighborhood organizations, with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge, is no accident.

After the release of the Action Plan, SUMC and local practitioners set up a committee of public agencies, private companies, universities, and community groups known as the Twin Cities Shared Mobility Collaborative to activate its recommendations, including mobility hubs. To kickstart their development, SUMC produced a detailed guide to mobility hubs, which led to the pilots in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

St. Paul’s approach to mobility hubs features a different mode: electric vehicle carshare. The program planned for the Twin Cities in partnership with local electric utility Xcel Energy and the longstanding community carsharing organization Hourcar consists of a fleet of Battery Electric Vehicles that will be supported by a network of mobility hubs with charging infrastructure. The program is expected to start service in 2020.

While the mobility options differ, both cities ultimately hope to develop a centralized, unified approach in the build-out of permanent mobility hubs. Moreover, the underlying goal is the same: to increase mobility options for residents in a way that does not require the use of a private automobile, increasing equity and job access and helping to decrease the effects of climate change—benefits with an impact that stretches far beyond Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 3, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-october-3-2019/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 20:07:14 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9511 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 3, 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

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit

March 17-19, 2020
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Mobility for all is coming. Learn more.

 

Mark your calendars for the Fall SUMC Open House!

November 7 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm CDT | Chicago Connectory

Enjoy insightful speakers and presentations about pressing topics, as well as networking with friends and associates. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Join Brian Holland, Program Director at SUMC’s California office, at VERGE 19 (Oct. 22-24, Oakland, CA) where he will be moderating a micromobility workshop with leaders including Nick Foley of Uber, Melinda Hanson of Bird, and Ryan Russo from the City of Oakland.
Use code V19SHAU for 10% off registration.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Car2go is shutting down it’s free-floating carshare service in five major North American cities, including Chicago, Denver, and Austin, as the company restructures resources and focuses on more successful key markets.

Carpooling tech giant BlaBlaCar has acquired Eastern European bus ticketing platform Busfor, hoping to build out its bus offerings and integrations around the EU for intercity travel.

Via is partnering with Northwestern to give students free on-demand rides at night for better access to safe transportation as part of the university’s Safe Ride program.

Check out The Verge’s interview with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on why the company is shifting its focus to being, “the one app that can do it all.” No response yet from existing mobility integration apps.

Partnerships and Programs

Lawmakers in New York want the MTA to use zoning resources and incentives for private developers to expand accessibility options at light rail stations for a more ADA-friendly transit system.

Dockless mobility company Spin has a new program to help nonprofits kickstart community and street infrastructure projects—and they’re partnering with transportation analytics platform StreetLight Data and mobility data startup Populus to do it.

The FTA has awarded $75 million to Arizona’s Valley Metro to build out the Tempe Streetcar project that will span three miles, include 14 stations, and connect to light rail in Phoenix, Mesa and Sky Harbor.

Atlanta will be getting its first on-demand microtransit service, featuring 12-passenger Sprinter vans in the Buckhead neighborhood as part of a new program with Via for better first/last mile connections to MARTA stations.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

DC’s District DOT wants to boost dockless bikeshare and scooter-share offerings in the city, while limiting the number of companies that operate to four.

Lyft has redesigned its app to make bikeshare, dockless scooters, and transit a big focus as we see ridehail companies move deeper into full mobility-as-a-service integration.

German bikeshare operator nextbike launched a highschool bikeshare program at three schools in Stirling, Scotland, a first-of-its-kind program for teen-focused shared mobility in the UK.

Spin is the first mobility company in DC to bring docks, called “Spin Hubs”, to its dockless scooters, hoping to make charging easier and keep sidewalk clutter to a minimum.

Transit

The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority has released details of 76 projects, categorized by comparing cost to community impact, that cover a 12-county area as part of its regional transit plan.

Transit advocates and organizations are urging Mayor Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to work together to make Metra Electric fares in Chicago meet CTA prices within the city’s South Side to create better public transportation access.

Better commuter transit could fix so many woes and ridership declines in many US cities. You can look to Toronto and the Bay Area for how a few improvements go a long way in suburban rail and bus.

AUDIO: Hear the first episode of Wheel Talk, a podcast that focuses on the inner workings of Caltrain, SamTrans, and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, featuring Caltrain’s Deputy Director of Rail Infrastructure Rob Scarpino.

Technology

Jelbi is Berlin BVG transport authority’s answer to the bursting MaaS scene that has swept across Europe in the last few years. Read how the recently-launched app wants to corral all the dockless scooters and transit options into one simple platform and hear what Michel Heider, Head of Jelbi, has to say about successful service integration and public-private mobility partnerships on the Intelligent Transport Podcast.

The University of Lund and Sweden’s transport ministry are working with electric charging infrastructure company Elonroad and bus company Solaris to test wireless, on-route EV charging that will create the tech needed for continuous energy while minimizing service disruption and the need for larger batteries.

Western Michigan University will have its own autonomous shuttle pilot on campus thanks to a collaboration with the University of Michigan, Comet Mobility, and Easterseals.

Urban Sustainability

Houston is wrestling with two transportation plans that focus on opposing goals: build out public transit or expand four interstate highways. Only one of the plans would make congestion, pollution, urban sprawl, car dependence, and traffic fatalities much worse (hint: it’s not the transit plan).

Editor and Executive Director of Streetsblog Denver Andy Bosselman wants Colorado representatives and politicians to fight against our climate crisis and stop supporting highway widening. All states should take note, actually.

Governing wants us to know that just because cities are marketing safe cycling to women in places like New York, doesn’t mean the cycling infrastructure is actually safe. A little catch-up is in order so everyone can feel good on two wheels.

Check out CityLab’s count of the best US cities where you can easily ditch the car for transit, biking, and walking (and other locales where it would be much harder to go car-free).

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, and Information

RFP: 2021 Transportation Alternatives Program
Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas
Deadline: November 1, 2019

Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning
Federal Transit Administration
Washington DC
Deadline: November 18, 2019

RFI: Implementation of Bus Rapid Transit on MD 355
Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Bethesda to Clarksburg, Maryland
Deadline: November 22, 2019

Spin’s Mobility Data for Safer Streets
Spin, StreetLight Data, Populus
Application Deadline: December 31 2019

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 26, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-september-26-2019/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 21:11:47 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9504 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 26, 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

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit

March 17-19, 2020
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Mobility for all is coming. Learn more.

 

Missed our Microtransit Public-Private Partnerships webinar?
Access the webinar recording on the MOD Learning Center.

On September 18, Transportation for America (@T4America) held a tweet chat about the big issue missing from the climate conversation: driving. We need to reduce vehicle miles traveled and move #BeyondEVs to truly move the environmental needle. SUMC participated in the live Q&A focused on how policy can help to do this and the benefits of driving less along with America Walks, Salud America!, U.S. PIRG, Rails-to-Trails Conservany, the NUMO Alliance, and others, captured for you below.

See all of SUMC’s answers to the chat on Twitter and check out T4A’s summary of the Q&A.

Want more inspiration?
Watch a riveting speech by a young woman who needs no introduction.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has her eyes on ridehailing, proposing a new tax on Uber and Lyft rides (51 cents each) to finish the streetcar downtown and fund affordable housing—and she’s studying a minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Lime’s free-floating carsharing service called LimePod is no more in Seattle. GeekWire points out the patterns in mobility trends and offerings, comparing this news to the recent shutdown of BMW’s ReachNow and the outcome of the dockless bikeshare program.

Jefferson Transit is replacing an underutilized bus route with subsidized Lyft rides as part of a new six-month pilot program in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

AUDIO: Hear New Urban Mobility Alliance’s Robin Chase chat with tech and AI podcast The Disrupters about the future of urban transit, how Zipcar’s lead in redefining transportation prefaced the rise of Uber, and how shared mobility can be used to fight climate change.

Partnerships and Programs

The FTA has announced $19.2 million in funding to boost transit-oriented development and public transit access in the US with new funding opportunity.

Blue Shield of California is launching its rideQ transportation platform in the Sacramento area, giving enrolled members the option to book Lyft rides for non-emergency medical trips at no cost.

Lime will be using electric cargo bikes in Warsaw, Poland to transport its EV dockless scooters to be used for more sustainable traffic solutions.

Streetsblog features an excerpt from the Vision Zero Cities Conference Journal that looks at the development around traffic safety and active transportation in smaller US cities, with examples from Anchorage, Durham, and Caldwell, ID.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Lyft will now show protected bike lanes and bike-friendly routes in its app in all cities where they operate bikeshare and scooter-sharing services.

Lacuna is a new mobility management company that banks on LADOT’s open-source Mobility Data Specification to leverage dockless scooters and bikeshare to build out software that informs policy-driven action with open data sharing.

Lime has passed 100 million trips globally through its bikeshare and dockless scooter services! Congrats on getting more people out of cars and into shared mobility.

Suffolk County, NY has launched a new bikeshare system with 100 bikes at 17 stations in Babylon, Patchogue, and Hampton Bays, courtesy of mobility operator Zagster.

Transit

A Boston Magazine writer makes a 240-mile journey across Massachusetts using only public transit and talks about the lack of better regional connection among local transit agencies in the state.

Bus stop signage can make or break a transit system in many cities, with the ease of navigating a bus route reliant on how well the information is relayed from agency to rider.

Jersey City is getting an on-demand microtransit service as part of a new program with Via to help connect transit riders to busy districts and light rail stations with 10% of the vehicle fleet being electric.

Wi-Fi on school buses may sound like a distraction for tech-savvy kids, but a few school districts use this tool as a means to get more kids connected to bus-tracking apps, help increase schoolwork time before/after class, and create community hotspots for better digital access in internet-starved areas.

Technology

Uber will be gathering data and mapping streets with human-driven SUVs for autonomous vehicle testing in downtown Dallas starting early November as the company expands operations in the Texan metro.

Private startups with mobility apps have been the go-to solution for quick, on-demand travel in cities for some time now. Would creating a platform operated by public entities and transit agencies create a more open ecosystem instead?

Mobility platform Moovel has launched a loyalty and rewards program for cities to integrate into their mobile ticketing apps which incentivizes shared and clean mobility options that could boost local business and reduce car dependency.

As automakers, technology companies, and mobility startups vie to dominate autonomous vehicle development and innovation, the real battle of creating a sustainable business model that lasts under the new tech slowly rears its head.

Urban Sustainability

The Trump administration looks to revoke California’s authority on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) standards very soon and has plans to roll back federal GHG regulations. The Washington Post lays out a few scenarios that could play out from this direct opposition to clean transportation policy.

“We believe that streets are best explored on two wheels.” Read about the start and rise of Detroit Bikes, a US-based manufacturing facility that wants to reignite urban cycling in America with local bike production and community partnerships.

The common myth of “not enough infrastructure” to support new housing in cities gets dispelled in Planetizen’s latest deep dive on how transit capacity and other infrastructure factors are negatively affected by more restrictive zoning policy.

Politico wants politicians to do one simple thing so they can be better connected to the communities and areas they serve: go car-free at least one day a week. We support this 100%.

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Information

RFI: Twin Cities EV Mobility Network – EVSE hardware, software, ownership models
City of Saint Paul
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Deadline: October 14, 2019

RFP: 2021 Transportation Alternatives Program
Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas
Deadline: November 1, 2019

Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning
Federal Transit Administration
Washington DC
Deadline: November 18, 2019

RFI: Implementing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service along MD 355
Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Rockville, Maryland
Deadline: December 9, 2019

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 19, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-september-19-2019/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:11:56 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9487 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 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

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit

March 17-19, 2020
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Mobility for all is coming. Learn more.

 

Reminder: SUMC Webinar on Microtransit & Public-Private Partnerships
September 24, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:30 CDT

Join SUMC, King County Metro, Sound Transit, the Cities of Newton, Massachusetts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Arlington, Texas, and Via for a webinar will explore four public-private partnerships across the US that use microtransit and TNC partnerships to meet various needs within their communities.

Road to the 2019 Climate Summit
On September 23, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and other world leaders will gather in New York City for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, which aims to boost the implementation of the Paris Agreement and to discuss concrete plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% over the next decade, with net-zero emissions by 2050. Local efforts will drive action around the world while https://www.climateweeknyc.org/, which runs through September 29th, will feature panel discussions, concerts, exhibitions, seminars, and more.

Learn more about the Climate Action Summit.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

A landmark bill was passed in California that requires gig-economy companies like Lyft and Uber to classify workers as employees instead of independent contractors—a massive win for labor rights advocates.

90% of all metro Vancouver residents live withing walking distance to transit, but transit isn’t 24/7. Enter ridehailing, a phenomenon that Vancouver might finally adopt to complement, not compete, with existing service.

Waze Carpool makes the case on Forbes that carpooling in cities can be a major part in beating crushing traffic and that sharing a trip helps reduce single-occupancy driving. Agreed.

How large is the growth of carsharing services around the world? A new report from Vulog states that the average fleet size has expanded to 546 cars in 2019, a 68% increase since 2015.

Partnerships and Programs

The US DOT awarded Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grants grants to Michigan, Ohio and Virginia, the first grant recipients of the nationwide program.

Chicago-based urban solutions organization City Tech Collaborative is working on a tool with Microsoft, Esri, d3i Systems, and the City of Chicago that will study urban heat data and “quantify the impact of urban heat interventions or land use policy changes”.

A new study on the development of Barcelona’s “Superblocks” finds that if the city installs 503 potential superblock communities, private vehicle trips would fall by 230,000 a week, significantly improving air quality, public health, and safety while reducing noise levels.

The City of Chicago has released a new initiative called West Side Vision Zero Traffic Safety Plan that focuses on equity and street enhancements, equaling to 15 strategies for improving traffic and pedestrian safety in the East and West Garfield Park, North Lawndale and Austin communities

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Boston’s Bluebikes bikeshare system is set to hit its 10 millionth trip in the coming days. Congrats Bluebikes!

Uber is scaling back its dockless JUMP bikeshare operations in San Diego and Atlanta citing regulation pressures and safety issues.

Seattle has a dockless bike parking problem, with sidewalk clutter being a major pain to pedestrians across the city, but a simple solution used by Northwest neighbor Portland might just clean things up: charge the users who poorly park bikes.

Dockless scooters have been a hot topic of debate in many cities worldwide, with some governments heavily regulating or even banning them on city streets. One CityLab writer wants people to reconsider their hate for the two-wheeled mode and understand how they could benefit transportation networks instead.

Transit

The New York MTA has released a $51.5 billion 2020-2024 capital plan to improve the city’s transportation system with a major focus on subway modernization and upgrades.

A $217 million project will see Sound Transit add a 2.4-mile extension to the Tacoma Link light rail system that will add six stops through the Stadium District and the Hilltop area, hoping to ease congestion and allow more people to ditch their cars for transit.

“There’s no such thing, as cold, hard reality.” Jalopnik wants to take you into the overhyped and weird world of Hyperloop vaporware which was started by Elon Musk’s 2013 white paper and is now propagated by elite techno-futurists. Luckily, we have proven solutions that can be used right now for fast, land-based travel: high-speed rail.

The proposed Dickens Greenway project, that aims to connect Chicago’s Lincoln Park to Clybourn Avenue, is being debated among neighbors, with opposition saying it could upend the neighborhood character. If Chicago wants to increase sustainable, healthy and connected transportation options, then people will need to adopt infrastructure that supports it.

Technology

One app to rule them all! The Transit app wants you to have access to and pay for 11 bikeshare systems and several public transit options in North America through one, seamless account, with more cities and modes to follow.

What’s on autonomous vehicle startup Voyage’s mind for the future of mobility? Low-speed driverless cars (zero to 25 mph) that focus on helping seniors in retirement communities move around.

Check out this new open data portal on the City of Vancouver’s website that gives you the option to build a personalized map that includes bikeways, greenways, EV charging points, transit info, and more using public datasets.

Move over radiators. London is proposing to use heat generated by the city’s Underground transit system to warm up 700 homes, in a push to become more energy efficient and lower carbon emissions.

Urban Sustainability

AUDIO: Listen to Reinventing Transport’s latest podcast episode with Anjali Mahendra, the co-author of the World Resources Institute’s new paper analysis on 499 cities’ urban sprawl and how the negative consequences of outward expansion affects lower-income cities the most.

What does Bike Snob think will happen if a possible helmet law for NYC cyclists goes forward? It’ll deter people from riding bikes and reduce the important “safety in numbers” effect.

A bill backed by some New York state assembly members aimed at fining people who look at their phones while walking misses the big point on pedestrian safety that Gothamist wants to spell out for them: “it’s the cars, stupid!”

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has amassed a large dataset, as part of its On To 2050 regional transportation plan, that catalogs 30,000 miles of roads across six counties and municipalities that shows the gaps in walkability in the Chicago region, making it valuable resource for localities in active transportation planning.

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Information

RFP: Regional Transportation, Congestion Management Process, and Intelligent Transportation System Architecture, Operations and Implementation Plans
Lane Council of Governments
Lane County, Oregon
Deadline: October 9, 2019

RFI: Twin Cities EV Mobility Network – EVSE hardware, software, ownership models
City of Saint Paul
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Deadline: October 14, 2019

RFP: 2021 Transportation Alternatives Program
Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas
Deadline: November 1, 2019

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 11, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-september-11-2019/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:11:33 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9441 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 11, 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

NEW SUMC Webinar: Microtransit & Public-Private Partnerships
September 24, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:30 CDT

Transit agencies and cities are looking toward public-private partnerships as a potential solution to provide transit connections where fixed-route transit may not be feasible given density, connectivity, or other land-use considerations. This webinar will explore four public-private partnerships across the U.S. that have used microtransit and partnerships with transportation network companies to meet various needs within their communities. Presenters include SUMC, King County Metro, Sound Transit, the Cities of Newton, Massachusetts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Arlington, Texas, and Via.

Remembering 9.11.01


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Even with kid-focused ridehail startups, teens find themselves looking to Uber and Lyft for solo rides after school, even if it isn’t exactly legal. New data from debit card company Current shows that transactions made to these companies combined follow Apple as the second-highest recipient of teen spending.

A new study from the University of Washington Urban Freight Lab shows how adding more passenger load zones in certain parts of bustling Seattle decreased double-parking issues and traffic mishaps, making pickups and dropoffs 42 seconds faster than the average time.

Don’t have a phone? If you’re at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, you can book an Uber on dedicated kiosks.

Ridehail to your carshare? Lyft now offers a carshare-rental hybrid service that will give you $40 in ride credit to get to and from the car location.

Partnerships and Programs

Energy company Dominion Energy will help Virginia roll out 50 electric school buses in the company’s service areas as part of an initial launch in the state, with plans to have 1,000 EV buses on the road by 2025.

Shelby County, TN Mayor Lee Harris announced a proposed measure that would create more funding for the Memphis Area Transit Authority through a flat-rate fee for households that registers “third and additional” vehicles in a move to cut traffic congestion and emissions.

London will have the largest electric bus fleet in Europe following the city’s announcement to fully electrify two double-decker bus routes. Great work Transport for London!

A new framework out of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations aims to guide autonomous vehicle priorities to help the United Nations on self-driving car development while ensuring safety and compliance on roads.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Chicago’s Divvy bikeshare is working with local organizations to help build bike education and job training in the area for young Chicagoans and students.Strong, active mobility communities are always needed.

Spin will bring charging docks for its dockless scooters to DC and Northern Virginia to keep sidewalk clutter to a minimum. Let’s see if this catches on.

A report from research group INRIX found that around 50% of trips under three miles in 10 major US metros could be replaced by micromobility options like shared bikes and scooters, which would be a win for the environment and America’s serious congestion issues.

CityLab took a spin on Revel’s shared moped service to see how the electric, two-wheeled fleet stands against the dockless scooter options around the District.

Transit

Transportation researcher Yonah Freemark takes a hard look at the long-term decline of transit ridership happening (mostly) all over the US and how it compares to the experience in French cities.

Fresh off the IndyGo BRT Redline launch, people are excited to have finally reached an integral goal in revitalizing transit use in Indianapolis but the question remains: what about the rest of Central Indiana?

The FTA has approved a workable plan for Honolulu’s proposed 20-mile rail line, making way for the city to receive $744 million through a grant funding agreement for the project.

APTA has a new report on the transportation needs of late-shift workers and how transit agencies, employers, and local governments are consolidating efforts “to help this often-overlooked constituency of transit riders.” Read more on Curbed.

Technology

Microsoft wants to help self-driving car manufacturers and startups develop autonomous driving systems with its existing Connected Vehicle Program and new driverless vehicle program.

TomTom is ramping up it’s autonomous vehicle testing with its updated HD mapping and self-driving test car.

GetThereATX.com is a new trip-planning and information website for the Austin, TX region that brings educational resources, mobility options, and user-specific solutions to help locals and visitors get around the city.

Daimler is showing no signs in slowing down its self-driving freight truck endeavors and now the company is testing Level 4 autonomous big rigs on public roads in Virginia.

Urban Sustainability

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Report, infamous for it’s focus on highways and roads, shows that congestion is getting worse even with commute times staying about the same. CityLab believes it’s the low density of sprawling cities is the root of it all.

The Chicago Department of Transportation has potential plans for more bike lanes in the city’s Far South side where bikeways are sparce. Local bike advocacy groups are rallying behind the cause with full support.

Architect David Ross Scheer heralds the benefits of high-density development in Salt Lake City where walkability, sustainable living, and transit use could increase as long as good building design is considered.

Sustainable transit is booming in Latin American metros like Medellín and Santiago as bus ridership soars and electric bus fleets become a driving force.

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Information

Notice of Rideshare Pilot Program
Pace Suburban Bus
Illinois
Deadline: October 1, 2019

RFP: 2021 Transportation Alternatives Program
Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas
Deadline: November 1, 2019

RFP: Uber Mobility Research Grants Fund
Uber
Deadline: December 1, 2019

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 5, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-september-5-2019/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 21:28:31 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9431 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: September 5, 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

Watch our Webinar about the Clean Mobility Options – Mobility Operator RFI.

The California Air Resources Board is in the process of launching the Clean Mobility Options program, which supports zero-emission carsharing, bikesharing, ridesharing, and other innovative mobility services in low-income and disadvantaged communities around the state. The Shared-Use Mobility Center and CALSTART are serving as Statewide Administrator of the program and issuing this Request For Information to create the program’s Mobility Provider Directory.

This webinar allows interested mobility operators to obtain information about program design and the development of a Mobility Provider Directory. RFI responses are due to the Statewide Administrator by Tuesday, September 17th,  so take a look and help to create the next generation of shared+electric mobility partnerships.

MOD Learning Center Bikesharing Double-Feature!
See how bikesharing is evolving in one of America’s largest cities and in your small town with our evaluation profile of free-floating bikeshare in Seattle and a brand new case study on rural bikeshare in Pocahontas, Iowa.

Meet, Mingle, and Toast Mobility at SUMC’s NACTO Reception
—almost sold out!

Tues, Sept 10 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | The Fifth Social Club, Toronto


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

VIDEO: Learn about ridehailing’s beginnings, its impact on VMT and “empty-seat inefficiency”, the role of data, and driver wages—all in hand-drawn illustrations. Watch on YouTube.

New research on data collected from a sample of 14,756 fares by Jalopnikshows that Uber and Lyft’s take rate, the cut they receive from driver trips, is anywhere between 8.5-10% percent higher than the companies’ reported figures.

Zum, the ridehailing service for kids aimed at helping parents manage busy after-school schedules, has expanded into six major US metros including Chicago and DC.

Floridians that are evacuating to local shelters in areas affected by Hurricane Dorian can get two free rides up to $20 each way from Uber and Lyft.

Partnerships and Programs

Caltrans will be awarding over $34 million in 2020 to transportation planning projects focused on growing sustainable communities by reducing transportation-related emissions.

Lyft, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and Uplift Solutions are partnering to help families living in “food deserts” access healthy grocery options with subsidized ridehailing trips around public housing communities.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will use $125 million of allocated funds from the FTA to expand BART light rail as part of a six-mile, four-station extension.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has replaced two underutilized bus routes with its on-demand FlexRide shuttle service after seeing steady growth in Ypsilanti Township since 2017.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

For seven years, George Washington University students advocated to use the discounted Capital Bikeshare memberships that are available to university faculty and staff. Thanks to the District DOT, now they’re open to all students at DC-based universities.

What can be done to make dockless scooters safer to ride on LA streets? Officials are attempting to enforce pricey violation tickets to users who ride on the sidewalk but this approach is neglecting a more useful solution: protected bike/scooter lanes.

AUDIO: Hear Recode chat with Lime president Joe Kraus about the company’s ride through the bursting scooter scene and how to see and seize opportunities to keep people on two wheels and out of cars.

Infrastructure around schools plays an important role in encouraging students to walk or bike to class—and this helps to decrease surrounding traffic, increase pedestrian safety, and promote healthy and active lifestyles.

Transit

After Kansas City decided to make their streetcar gratis, the city is now considering making the entire KCATA transit system free as well to make it easier for everyone to afford to ride the bus.

Congrats to Phoenix voters for voting no on Proposition 105 which aimed to block light rail development in the city’s South side.

Detroit transit riders now have an app, from the people over at fare software company Passport, that allows them to buy multi-use passes for fixed-route buses and the Q-line streetcar.

Transportation in cities has been planned and built specifically around men for years, leaving women to use streets that may feel dangerous or uncomfortable. Streetsblog looks at several places that have maintained the gender gap in mobility.

Technology

Take a trip and choose your shared mobility options with Google Maps’ new multimodal feature that combines ridehailing or cycling as first/last mile options for transit directions in multiple US cities.

To keep people out of bike lanes and bring justice to drivers blocking them, a San Francisco-based designer/engineer built the app Safe Lanes to give citizens the power to report offenders and help keep the streets safer for cyclists.

Didi, the ridehailing giant of the East, will be piloting an autonomous vehicle ridehailing service in Shanghai, which will include up to 30 different models of level 4 autonomy.

Pigeon, the crowdsourced app for New York transit updates, now includes more than just city rail, with buses, commuter rail, and ferries rounding out the shared mobility options.

Urban Sustainability

What would happen if every American driver cut about 1,350 miles per year (about 10%) from their road mileage? An effect similar to “taking about 28 coal-fired power plants offline for a year.”

Idea: instead of viewing scooters as an obtrusive nuisance, how about viewing them as one of several intermediate modes of travel (vehicles that go between 10-15 mph) that give people more mobility options and first/last-mile connections from transit. All they need is a little street space.

Many of the Democratic candidates for the 2020 US election have laid out trillion-dollar plans to combat the effects of climate change, with Bernie Sanders’ Green New Deal being the most comprehensive. One blind spot remains even with the inclusion of school bus electrification and modernizing transit: our destructive car dependence.

A new book from Gehl creative director David Sim looks at the aspects of interconnected, mixed-use “soft cities” that are planned around public interactions and social connections, making quality of life a focus when bringing together amenities for more “layered” and integrated spaces.

VIDEO: Check out Vox’s video on the sameness of the ‘burbs and how many era-altering factors from the mid century, such as the auto industry and federal financing, created the Stepford neighborhood that’s still prevalent today.

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Information

RFQ: Citywide Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
City of Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, New York
Deadline: September 27, 2019

RFP: 2021 Transportation Alternatives Program
Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas
Deadline: November 1, 2019

RFP: Uber Mobility Research Grants Fund
Uber
Deadline: December 1, 2019

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: August 29, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-august-29-2019/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:50:19 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9387 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: August 29, 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

Meet, Mingle, and Toast Mobility at SUMC’s NACTO Reception
—almost sold out!

Tues, Sept 10 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | The Fifth Social Club, Toronto

If you’re going to NACTO’s Designing Cities 2019 Conference or will be in the Toronto area on September 10th, join SUMC for our popular post-NACTO happy hour, sponsored by Populus and Bird. Connect with innovative city leaders, and shared mobility practitioners and partners. Complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Request for Information: California Clean Mobility Options – Mobility Operators
California Air Resources Board, Shared-Use Mobility Center, CALSTART
Deadline: September 17, 2019

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is in the process of launching Clean Mobility Options for Disadvantaged Communities, a grantmaking and capacity-building program to support small-scale, zero-emission mobility services in low-income and disadvantaged communities around the State. SUMC and CALSTART are managing the program and issuing an RFI to obtain information in support of program design and the development of a Mobility Provider Directory. The RFI is intended for mobility operators who wish to partner with communities to build and operate mobility services. Questions regarding this RFI may be directed to RFI@cleanmobilityoptions.org.

An informational webinar will be held Tuesday, September 3rd at 10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time.  Please register here to participate in the webinar. 


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

An EV carsharing pilot is coming to the rural area of Hood River, OR by way of the Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility project as part of a collaboration between Portland mobility organization Forth, Honda, and Envoy Technologies.

In the UK, ridehail drivers are fighting for access to their data with companies like Uber to gain better control over the narrative surrounding their classification as full-time workers.

Forbes looks into the term “ridesharing” and how it’s evolved since TNCs were just starting out 10 years ago. “Ridepooling”, it offers, is a better term for on-demand rides that actually reduce vehicle-miles traveled and encourage more passengers in the same car.

Partnerships and Programs

A boon for the bus! Washington’s Pierce Transit was approved to receive $60 million from Sound Transit to build out a 14.4-mile BRT line from Tacoma to Spanaway.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp’s innovation arm PlanetM awarded over $450,000 to six companies to fund new transportation and technology projects across the state.

Waymo just launched a new Open Dataset portal containing 1,000 autonomous vehicle driving segments to encourage data sharing and support new research to improve self-driving tech. Way to go, Waymo.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

The dockless scooters that make up the new pilot program in Chicago are being used during the morning/evening rush hour period, about 70% of all e-scooter miles traveled, according to a new study by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

The Seattle Department of Transportation hopes to launch dockless scooters in the City by the first half of 2020. Scheduling a “public engagement period” is a good place to start.

Toronto will be getting its first scooter-sharing service in the coming weeks in the City’s Distillery District through Bird Canada, but there are hurdles to overcome before the new mobility trend gets a full rollout.

Will micromobility change transportation as we know it? Dataconomy looks at the corporate and startup partnerships that provide a glimpse into our (hopefully affordable, equitable, and accessible) multimodal future.

Transit

Via will be licensing its on-demand routing technology to the New York City Department of Education to help upgrade the yellow bus network for the city’s entire school system.

Elon Musk pegged the Singaporean government as “not supportive” of growing electric vehicle use in the city-state. Singapore’s Minister for the Environment shot back that the country doesn’t care about the private EV “lifestyle” as much as bringing “proper solutions that will address climate problems”, such as EV buses and taxis.

Eugene, OR has a new on-demand EV shuttle service (EmGo) as part of a new partnership between the Lane Transit District, Lane Council of Governments, and RideZero.

The Patriot Act with Hasan Minahj stated that “Everyone hates public transportation” while talking about the public’s general negative outlook on transit agencies’ through social media. Planetizen wants to remind you why it can be a joy for many to use and how it can strenthen social connections, help build communities and liberate you from the private car “bubble”.

Technology

New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has a new TLC Data Hub tool that visualizes data from for-hire vehicles, yellow/green taxis, and other shared rides around the city.

Don’t forget the +1. Waze is upgrading its carpooling tech to allow drivers to pick up multiple riders for more shared commutes in the US, Brazil, Mexico, and Israel.

Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works and Cubic Transportation Systems have announced new digital payment integration for the EASY Card fare system that’s, well, easier. Riders can pay Metrorail fares at the gate using contactless-enabled bank cards and digital wallets.

Cities have been calling for more transparent data standards in hopes that private mobility operators join the movement for broader data sharing across the transportation industry. A few platforms and collectives are working to make that universal data hub for new mobility technology similar what GTFS did for transit data.

Urban Sustainability

New York’s Regional Plan Association is drafting up a bike “master plan” to create a complete and comprehensive framework for a five-borough, protected bike lane network in the region.

The ease of accessing transit (and other modes for that matter) is a major factor in reducing solo driving and getting more people on cleaner mobility options according to new research from the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Saclay, France.

A dilapidated and dead highway in Akron, OH called the Innerbelt is a ruin of divided neighborhoods and displaced residents that officials and planners hope to transform into a vibrant public park. Getting there, though, will take some work.

As the fastest growing mode of transportation, cycling is a force for the development of more densely populated communities that support sustainable, healthy living. We need to plan for and encourage bicycle-oriented development to keep the momentum going.

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Information

RFI: California Clean Mobility Options – Mobility Operators
California Air Resources Board, Shared-Use Mobility Center, CALSTART
Deadline: September 17, 2019

RFI: Best Practices and Emerging Technologies in Shared Active Transportation
Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments and Greater Bridgeport Transit
Bridgeport, CT
Deadline: September 30, 2019

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: August 23, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-august-23-2019/ Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:09:48 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9373 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: August 23, 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

Meet, Mingle, and Toast Mobility at SUMC’s NACTO reception.
The Shared-Use Mobility Center requests the pleasure of your company on Tuesday, September 10th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for a fun post-NACTO happy hour at The Fifth Social Club in Toronto, sponsored by Populus and Bird. Complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be served as you enjoy the chance to network with city leaders from across North America.

New Case Study in the MOD Learning Center:
A Google Transit Search of routes in Vermont for non-traditional rural transit users would often turn up empty. Thanks to the Go! Vermont Trip Planner, riders can now view alternate travel options which include both fixed and flexible public transit services. Go! Vermont! works on a computer or a smartphone and has increased trip-planning access from less than half of the geographical area of Vermont to nearly 100%.

View the Go Vermont! Case Study and learn how it works.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Switch from Uber X to shared and you could be dropped off first. Uber’s new “Non-Stop Shared Ride” feature gives you ride credit so you get the desirable last seat in an Uber Pool.

RideOS is a new startup that wants to use open-source software to help anyone launch their own ridehailing platform, including ones with autonomous vehicles, and they have partnered with Voyage and HERE Technologies to make it happen.

Urban Land Institute offers a deep look into how cities are increasingly using carsharing programs to reduce parking for residential and commercial development in the US and how it has become a boon for shared mobility initiatives.

With internet access rapidly increasing around Cuba for the past several years, local entrepreneurs are taking a chance to bring ridehailing to Havana’s growing tech-savvy population with an app called Sube.

Partnerships and Programs

New Jersey is going all in on transit-oriented development with a slew of of mixed-use projects in the works to enhance quality of life and create better access to amenities.

Houston voters will have a chance this November to boost transit funding by $3.5 billion to ground a more multimodal metro region, which could include the result of another upcoming vote: better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has plans for a new transit program that will help residents in addiction recovery to have access to transportation around Rutland and the Northeast Kingdom, with help from the FTA.

A federal program called the Community Connect Grant wants to use $120 million over five years (from a new transportation bill) to restore neighborhoods that were split by the massive highway projects of “urban-renewal” of yore, potentially creating a streamlined fund to tear down old “highways to nowhere.”

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Equiticity founder Olatunji Oboi Reed dishes out his policy recommendations for Chicago’s Mayor Lightfoot on what can be done to ensure that the city’s mobility system, including dockless scooters on the West and Northwest sides, is “transformative, safe and secure for black and brown people.”

Now you’ll be seeing Limes, scooters that is, and their battery capacity, in more than 100 cities worldwide through Google Maps’ cycling and walking tabs when finding directions for short trips.

What can we do to make dockless scooters safer? Transportation advocate and Chicago columnist John Greenfield looks at the data around recent scooter injuries and how it shows the shortcomings (and potential safety fixes) of the new mobility poster child.

As San Antonio nears its choice to pick three vendors out of the six currently operating in the city, Bird and Lime’s independent contractors who charge scooters overnight for extra (or full-time) cash wonder: what will I do if they leave?

Transit

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards sits down with Governing to discuss how she is trying to make waves towards more pedestrian and cyclist focus in the transportation sector and how PennDOT is creating more thoughtful transportation projects by understanding community impact.

Central Ohio Transit Authority ridership is booming after the agency launched a subsidized, unlimited-ride pass dubbed the C-pass, showing over 10% in growth for bus rides in one year.

Chicago’s River West neighborhood is starting to see more housing development in a move to catch up to the Northwest side’s more trendy Wicker Park and Logan Square areas. With Blue line improvements (which include adding more trains) still in the works, some wonder if it overcrowding will get worse before it gets better.

Bus-only lanes are a compelling alternative to high-cost rail projects in even moderately-dense areas. Watch how three buses filled with 210 people collectively fly past a whopping seven cars during a typical traffic crunch in a 7-second video. Good job LA Metro!

Technology

AUDIO: Dr. Johanna Zmud, the Senior Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, sits down with the folks at the Mobility Podcast to weigh in on the factors that affect the social influence of autonomous vehiclesand how people may or may not come to accept the controversial and emerging technology.

Check out five myths about self-driving cars from the Washington Post that people just can’t shake, including how they will impact congestion, the environment, and our mobility habits.

Vancouver is expanding a pilot that uses artificial intelligence to improve predicted bus departures by 74%. This partnership is a collaborated effort with Microsoft and T4G, a software tech and analytics company.

Smart Columbus, Siemens Mobility, and Bytemark are teaming up to launch a trip-planning app that integrates “public and private mobility service to be paid using a single account-based payment system.”

Urban Sustainability

White flight, segregation, and a heavily racist past were major motivators in making Atlanta and the surrounding area highway, not transit, dependent. The fact that earlier this year, the predominantly white suburb of Gwinnett County still refused to join the region’s MARTA transit agency, says that this hateful legacy may not be in the past at all.

A new study shows that ridehailing trips contribute to rising congestion issues in many US metros but one quote from researchers puts this finding into perspective: “In total, approximately 2 to 3 percent of all VMT generated in Los Angeles County was generated by Lyft and Uber services in September 2018, while all other vehicle activity accounts for 97 to 98 percent of total VMT”.

Popular mid-century, the Thomas Guide was a 3,000-page atlas that mapped out 5,000 square miles of LA county. With its replacement by Google Maps and other navigation apps, Citylab asks if user-focused maps have made us egocentric wayfinders?

DC is ramping up its efforts to highlight sustainable transportation as a main metric for new real estate development with a set of new guidelines that confirm pedestrian safety and walkability in the evaluation process.

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Information

RFP: Improving Access and Management of Transit ITS Data
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program
Washington D.C.
Deadline: September 26, 2019

RFP: Accessible Mobility on Demand
Sound Transit
Seattle, Washington
Deadline: September 27, 2019

RFP: Transit District Development Opportunity
City of White Plains
White Plains, New York
Deadline: November 1, 2019

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