Shared-Use Mobility Center https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org Collaborating to advance transportation policy and practice Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:41:29 -0600 en-US hourly 1 Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 14, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-november-14-2019/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 23:24:19 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9701 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...

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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

Create a New Climate of Mobility and Equity at the 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit, March 17-19 in Chicago. 

Visit the 2020 Summit Site and secure early-bird registration now!
We are at a critical moment for the environment and fair access to transportation, and our decisions and policies have historical consequences. The National Shared Mobility Summit will equip attendees to rise to the challenge, together. This year, you’ll find even more opportunities to learn, network, and collaborate on our summit site. Take a look around and secure your early-bird discount today! #SUMC2020

Last chance to register for the Mobility on Demand On-Ramp workshop in Dallas, TX on November 21.

Join SUMC staff, MOD On-Ramp participant agencies, and area transportation leaders on a technical work session and field trip where you’ll experience MOD projects first-hand.
Register by November 18 here.

SUMC’s Open House has been moved to December 5, 2019.
Stay tuned for details!

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Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Addressing accessibility concerns, Chicago is lowering the fee for wheelchair users as a part of its proposed ridehail tax increase. The vote goes down later this month.

Lyft is enticing people in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago with $250 in ridehail credit and three free months of Lyft’s Pink subscription to anyone that sells their car to online, used-car retailer Carvana.

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance has filed a lawsuit against Uber about contested taxes deducted from drivers’ paychecks, part of a larger movement to boost the wages of gig-economy workers.

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Partnerships and Programs

The US DOT has released details about the recipients of the Fiscal Year 2019 BUILD grants, with projects including a pedestrian bridge in Hawaii, an eight-mile BRT line in Memphis, and a new multi-modal transportation center in Carbondale, IL. (The majority of the money, however, is going to highway or road-widening projects, largely in rural areas.)

New York’s car-free 14th Street busway is moving into the next phase of the pilot with installations of new bus boarding platforms at seven stops, a move to make the corridor even more pedestrian friendly.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has unveiled his 10-year master plan for investing roughly $21 billion in public transit, ports, bridges, roads and railroads all around the state, with $6.2 billion earmarked for rail upgrades and improvements.

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Bikesharing and Micromobility

The District DOT has opened its application process for the 2020 Shared Dockless Vehicle Program, which increases the total number of mobility vehicles to 10,000 – 20,000 scooters and 10,000 bikes and installing 100 parking corrals to mitigate clutter and sidewalk use.

San Antonio is tightening its dockless scooter regulations to control micromobility deployment and is settling on three preferred operators: Lyft, Lime, and Razor.

In efforts to avoid being caught off guard in a ridehailing repeat, a joint hearing of the Senate attempted to unfold the regulatory patchwork around micromobility and determine what cities and states should regulate for better local management, datasharing agreements, and safety.

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Transit

The rollout of a controversial pickup plaza to corral taxi and ridehailing trips for Los Angeles’ LAX wouldn’t be an issue for many if they just tried the more hassle-free option: mass transit.

Great work! A charter change measure to create the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure was approved by voters, creating opportunities for more citywide walking, biking, and transit.

New research from BCG, using Via’s data in four cities, details how on-demand microtransit services gave riders more trip flexibility while lowering per-passenger cost compared to traditional fixed-route transit—in the right regulatory and operational environment of course.

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Technology

Google’s crowdsourced public transit updates app Pigeon has flown into five new US cities—Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and DC.

Finnish mobility startup MaaS Global has a new influx of funding and plans to expand its multimodal offerings to the US Japan, Singapore, and more European cities in 2020.

Intel’s autonomous tech offering Mobileye is partnering up with Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio to bring a robotaxi service and self-driving EVs to China by 2022.

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Urban Sustainability

Less space for cars, and more for the people. LA’s City Planning Department has released its awaited community plan called DTLA 2040 that proposes to eliminate all parking requirements in downtown LA.

Changing zoning rules to allow for the upzoning of neighborhoods with single-detached houses to mixed-income duplexes is a divisive issue. Sightline provides a glossary of how the language “middle-housing” can help make the case.

The gross injustices that came from the “urban renewal” era of building highways through black communities has a chance of being righted with the teardown of a section of Interstate 81 in Syracuse, NY’s Southside. Residents feel there’s one way to make the turnaround more certain: reparations.

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Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Proposals for Mobility Study
Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation
Lafayette, Indiana
Deadline: December 9, 2019

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

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

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 7, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-november-7-2019/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:28:46 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9694 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 7, 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

Last chance to register for the Mobility on Demand On-Ramp workshop in Dallas, TX on November 21.
Join SUMC staff, MOD On-Ramp participant agencies, and area transportation leaders on a technical work session and field trip where you’ll experience MOD projects first-hand. Register by November 18 here.

Where is the Shared-Use Mobility Center?
Minneapolis, MN | Advancing Microtransit Projects in the Twin Cities
November 14, 2019 | 8:30 am – 10:30 am

University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
Join the Twin Cities Shared Mobility Collaborative, SUMC, and regional transit agencies as they give a national perspective on microtransit and present examples of current projects. Register here

Chicago, IL | Micromobility Grows Up: Lessons Learned on Scooters & Bikeshare
November 21, 2019 | Noon – 1:00 pm

UIC Urban Transportation Center
SUMC talks about the growth of micromobility and converging issues including access, impact on other modes, safety, and infrastructure. Learn more here.

SUMC in the News
The MOD Learning Center is called out in ZDNet’s article on, “How Autonomous Vehicles Could Change Car Ownership,” which covers the optimal benefits and potential drawbacks of the widespread use of the mobility innovation. Stating that the Learning Center can, “shorten the learning curve for these products and services,” it calls out the wealth of information available gathered from organizations and cities around the country. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Visit the Learning Center to gain a deeper understanding of autonomous vehicles and more shared mobility topics, modes, and best practices.

SUMC’s Open House has been moved to December 5, 2019. 
Stay tuned for details!


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Uber and Skokie, IL are in a legal tussle over the Chicago suburb’s local ridehailing tax, a move with larger implications in the wake of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed budget plan that raises ridehailing fees from 60 cents to $1.75 per trip.

Polaris’ six-seat shuttle vehicles have become a poster-child of sorts for small-scale, on-demand rides around the US, with a few of these microtransit programs even going autonomous.

Hyundai is launching an EV carsharing service in rural Spain under the VIVe brand, starting with Kona Electric and Ioniq Electric vehicles.

Waze Carpool is coming to the Moovit app in the US, Brazil, Mexico, and Israel as part of a new pilot program, Waze’s first third-party app integration.

Partnerships and Programs

New pilot to fill first/last-mile transit gaps: St. Louis’s Metro Transit and Lyft are partnering to give passengers in 8 preselected areas rides to and from transit for $1.

Bus startup FlixBus and transit vehicle manufacturer MCI have piloted the first long-distance electric bus route in the US and want to revolutionize short-haul, intercity travel with EV mobility.

Visa is making substantial gains in contact-less fare payment for public transit, adding 100 new global partners for its Ready for Transit program.

The MTS agency in San Diego has launched an electric bus program with EV manufacturer New Flyer as a push for cleaner transportation initiatives, a first of its kind in the region.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

How can bikesharing become more efficient? Scientific American believes data-driven approaches with advanced analytics could do the trick.

EV micromobility continues to morph, this time with Bird’s introduction of a Scoot-branded EV moped service in Los Angeles that will come with a helmet and require a driver’s license to operate.

Mountain View, CA is looking to bring a dockless scooter pilot to the city with new regulations on age restrictions, sidewalk use, and where they can be parked.

Speaking of moped-sharing (it’s a thing now!) EV moped services are speeding ahead in Austin with mobility startup Revel’s launch of 1,000 EVs in the Texas capital.

Transit

The US Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2020 spending package that includes close to $2 billion in CIG funds, $1 billion in BUILD grants, and (thankfully) blocks a $1.2 billion cut to public transportation funding.

Good news for mobility access in Ohio, which will be getting $105 million in state and federal funds for public transit systems in rural and urban areas, including transportation support for seniors and people with disabilities.

Speaking of access, having affordable, reliable, sustainable transportation options benefits workforce development and education. Hear Atlanta’s WABE radio discuss how transit can do this and improve quality of life.

Read this excerpt from Steven Higashide’s Better Buses, Better Cities book on dismantling barriers like regressive fare-payment policies to make public transit more equitable for low-income riders. (And then change those policies.)

Technology

TechCrunch takes a trip on Waymo’s autonomous ridehail service and details how the futuristic joyride is a taste of the future—with some serious challenges.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is testing an autonomous Navya shuttle at its Ultimate Urban Circulator test track that is ADA accessible, the first ADA-specific driverless vehicle in the US.

A new plan in Toronto wants to get the city ready for self-driving cars by 2022, and the first item on the plan is to trial an automated shuttle that will connect to the Rouge Hill GO Transit station by September 2020.

The International Road Transport Union has released a report on the benefits and risks of MaaS systems, touching on the points of access, inclusivity, and datasharing as they relate to both users and companies.

Urban Sustainability

Streetsblog Chicago asks, “If San Francisco can make one of their busiest corridors car-free, why can’t Chicago do the same for the Magnificent Mile?

The devil is in the details when it comes to getting congestion pricing right for urban cores, so TransitScreen wants to lay out some examples of what cities are doing now to reduce traffic around the world.

Dense, urban areas have always been a breeding ground for creative solutions, but that doesn’t only apply to first-class megacities. A recent study from Georgia Institute of Technology examines how density and street layout foster strong connectivity and innovative tendencies in smaller neighborhoods.

E-bikes could replace many short-distance car trips in even moderately dense areas and could help people with mobility issues get that extra power they need to pedal on. BikeSnob is right: riding an e-bike isn’t cheating and would help replace unneeded driving trips for the right people.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: On-Demand Mobility Software
Marin County Transit District
San Rafael, California
Deadline: November 25, 2019

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

RFP: Zero Emissions Bus Transition Plan
Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority
Flagstaff, Arizona
Deadline: November 27, 2019

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

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 31, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-october-31-2019/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:27:09 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9687 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 31, 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

Photo: Ridester

New scooter feature on the SUMC blog and the MOD Learning Center.
The Chicago e-scooter pilot ended on October 15, 2019. SUMC assesses the project and gives recommendations for moving forward. The Learning Center expands on this with a pilot overview and an electric scooter learning module. Read the blog entry.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Chicago’s new plan to raise fees on solo ride-hailing trips while lowering fares on shared rides is a positive though limited step toward promoting more sustainable transportation options. Uber, however, may be thinking legal action.

Ridehailing partnerships are filling gaps in healthcare transportation by giving patients more mobility options for non-emergency medical trips, but are showing growing pains when it comes to wheelchair-accessible vehicles and rider assistance.

Toyota is rolling out new keyless carsharing and rental services in Japan in partnership with Toyota dealers and rental/leasing branches in a bid to shift from car ownership to car use.

Recent carshare woes are leaving more cities with fewer mobility options while other services like ridehailing recapture the shrinking market. Shared mobility choices are what’s needed, not replacements.

Partnerships and Programs

Vancouver agency TransLink’s new Shared Mobility Compass Card can be used to access public transit, Evo Car Share, Modo Co-operative Car Share, and Mobi Bike Share for 14 Vancouver-based employers.

Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood is poised to get more affordable housing, more cycling infrastructure, and an updated Brown Line station according to a new master plan that wants to up density and make the area more pedestrian and bike-friendly.

Idaho will be getting its first set of electric buses from EV transit company Proterra as part of the FTA’s Low or No Emission Program Grants.

Finnish MaaS app Whim has launched in Vienna, its first Central European market, with support for public transport and taxis, with carsharing and dockless scooter options slated for future integration.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Populus.ai co-founder Regina Clewlow looks at the factors and environments that affect the road to profitability for shared mobility operators and what cities can do to help them thrive properly.

With more low-income programs focused on getting shared mobility in diverse communities, dockless scooters are becoming more widely used by a range of demographics. NBC 4 Washington DC explores programs from Skip, Bird, Lime, Jump, Bolt, and Lyft.

Texas-based micromobility startup Boaz Bikes just launched 100 dockless scooters in Atlanta, boasting the only shared scooters with turn signals and side mirrors.

It’s equity (not equality) in shared mobility services like bikeshare that ensures that everyone, no matter what circumstances they start with, can access and afford a solution to get where they need to go, safely and sustainably. Better Bike Share lays out the importance of focusing on equity in bikeshare.

Transit

Great news from the nation’s second-largest transportation system: the Chicago Transit Authority. The agency will power on with a proposed $1.57 billion in public transit improvements and modernizations but without fare hikes. This is the kind of smart thinking needed to increase transit ridership everywhere.

The “job/worker disconnect” in Cook County suburbs and industrial parks makes it hard for employees to get to work when transit schedules are unreliable and trips are prone to missed connections. Bedford Park, IL is working with the Shared-Use Mobility Center to change that with first/last-mile mobility solutions.

In the face of wide-eyed transportation futurists and cities’ newfound love for autonomous technology, the tried-and-true bus has been (and continues to be) the “workhorse” of the transit world. A little bit of red paint (and policy) goes a long way to making the bus the best option today.

Where is the future of San Antonio’s transportation system headed? Officials, community leaders, and advocates want the region to grow out of car-focused planning initiatives to more people taking transit, walking, cycling, and riding shared scooters/bikes.

Technology

In a struggle about open mobility data and how it’s managed, Los Angeles has suspended Uber’s scooter operating permit over the company’s refusal to join the Mobility Data Specification open data protocol.

Hyundai, self-driving tech company Pony.ai, and Via are working together to launch a free autonomous and electric ridehailing service in Irvine, CA.

US Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to set up a $454 billion electric-vehicle plan to help Americans trade in their gas cars for EVs…he’ll introduce the legislation if the Senate changes hands in 2020.

VW is gearing up to launch a new autonomous-vehicle division called VWAT to take on self-driving tech leaders like Waymo and GM’s Cruise, with help from Audi and Argo AI.

Urban Sustainability

Exxon Mobile, the country’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after Chevron, finally faces the judge in Manhattan for fraudulent practices such as falsifying numbers to make its oil seem like a better investment than renewable energy. Massachusetts and Rhode Island have also filed suit.

According to a new report by the CDP, 85% of the world’s cities are feeling the impact of climate change, yet only 46% are doing something about it. The biggest barrier to climate action, the report states, is “wealth disparity and inequality.”

New York’s bus-exclusive 14th Street is proving so popular the City is looking to do the same for 34th and 42nd and exploring W 49th and 50th too. Ridehailing drivers are less than thrilled.

The challenges posed by the California wildfires stretch far beyond the State.They show how equipped or unequipped we are to deal with climate-fueled disasters that, if nothing is done, are only going to get worse.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Real-time Curb Management API
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
San Francisco, California
Deadline: November 20, 2019

RFP: On-Demand Mobility Software
Marin County Transit District
San Rafael, California
Deadline: November 25, 2019

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

RFP: Zero Emissions Bus Transition Plan
Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority
Flagstaff, Arizona
Deadline: November 27, 2019

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Scooters: Passing Trend or Long-term Mobility Solution? https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/scooters-trend-or-long-term-mobility-solution/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 22:31:41 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9645 Shared-Use Mobility Center weighs in on the Chicago scooter pilot. On October 15, 2019, streets and sidewalks on Chicago’s West and Northwest sides seemed oddly vacant. Cars, buses, and bikes...

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Shared-Use Mobility Center weighs in on the Chicago scooter pilot.

On October 15, 2019, streets and sidewalks on Chicago’s West and Northwest sides seemed oddly vacant. Cars, buses, and bikes moved past as usual, but gone were the newest two-wheeled transportation option on the block: shared e-scooters. 2,500 vehicles from 10 companies had dotted the urban landscape for the City’s four-month e-scooter pilot, which began on June 15, 2019 and stretched through the summer months. (Riding the vehicles during an often snowy, nearly always frigid Chicago winter is an entirely different story.) The long days and warm temperatures of the pilot period, however, saw 772,450 trips taken or about 6,500 trips per day, proving definite interest in the popular mode.

E-scooters and Divvy bikes were popular in the Logan Square neighborhood

The regulations for participating vendors were fairly complex and included such specifications as: limiting scooter use from 5 am -10 pm and removing them from the public right of way outside of operating hours, including an equity component for geographic coverage, and providing measures for the unbanked. The MOD Learning Center has an excellent overview of the pilot you can access here. The rules for users were more straightforward. E-scooters could only be operated on bike lanes within the designated hours, and riders had to be at least 18 and obey all traffic laws. The maximum speed of each e-scooter was 15 mph. The pilot was administered by the City’s Departments of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and Transportation (CDOT).

The stated goal was to test the viability of e-scooters as a mobility option, particularly as a first- and last-mile gap-filler for transit deserts, and do so in a way that maximizes safety and minimizes sidewalk clutter. The City wanted to incorporate an innovative and popular solution into the existing infrastructure in a way that is economically feasible for all partners, while meeting equity, sustainability, community, and environmental goals. The City is currently evaluating the pilot to answer this question as they decide whether or not to bring back the micromobility option for good.

E-scooters are not a one-size-fits-all transportation solution—public transit is the true unsung hero that deserves attention and investment—but by addressing the following issues before implementation, SUMC believes they should be a permanent mobility option in Chicago.

SUMC Recommendations

1. Infrastructure Upgrades
E-scooters are meant to be used on safe, protected bike lanes, of which Chicago currently has around 240 miles. While this is a decent number, the Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 calls for a 645-mile network of biking facilities to accommodate cyclists within every half-mile of Chicago. Given that e-scooters travel on the same road space as bikes, they should be a part of this plan—and can play an important role in funding. Proceeds or a portion of from the e-scooter program should be used to support the creation of bike lines or more accurately, micromobility lanes, as well as corrals to house the vehicles when not in use.

2. Corrals

Cars clutter city streets, empty lots, and public areas, filling spaces that could otherwise be used for social interaction, greenspace, retail, or other civic needs. E-scooter clutter, however, is a real issue for individuals with visual and mobility impairments. They cannot easily bypass the barriers formed by discarded vehicles and this prevents them from traveling freely, violating state laws and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. We can help alleviate e-scooter clutter with the addition of corrals to house vehicles in a single, defined area and keep them off sidewalks. This process should be facilitated with good signage and enforced.

3. Rider Education
E-scooter safety is a concern. This said, the car is the most dangerous mode of all to drive or be a passenger in. (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that two out of three motorists will be involved in an injury to themselves or others in their lifetimes.) E-scooter injuries tend to occur at the onset of use. A report from the CDC and Austin Public Health found that one in three people injured on e-scooters were first-time riders and 63% had ridden nine times or less before getting hurt. Education and training about proper vehicle operation and mandatory safety precautions such as wearing a helmet and maintaining a safe speed can reduce these numbers. E-scooter vendors, the City, and the community all play a part in keeping people safe.

4. Access and Equity
As a mobility service operating in a public space, e-scooters need to be available in the areas that are most lacking in affordable transportation options. The pilot was successful in this regard, placing 25% of all vehicles in two priority zones. These areas were chosen, the City said, because of their limited transit access as well as “different residential and commercial densities, and economically and ethnically diverse communities.”

How did usage compare in these areas? It’s complicated. A study from the Chaddick Institute found that more e-scooter trips originated in whiter, more affluent communities — the Near West Side (622), West Town (408) and Logan Square (118) — than in majority African-American communities such as Austin (88). At the same time, it also found pockets of “relatively intensive usage” in neighborhoods with a higher share of low-income households, including North Lawndale and West Garfield Park.  All in all, this raises important questions about why usage was lower and what can be done to address this and improve mobility in the areas that need it most.

5. Environment
E-scooters are lower-carbon but not no-carbon. They run on electricity and rely on motor vehicles to be picked up, charged, and redistributed overnight. To make e-scooters more sustainable, an Active Trans report calls for charging the vehicles with renewable energy, and rebalancing them with zero emission or carbon-free vehicles. SUMC supports this, but also feels we should focus on e-scooters as a car replacement as much as possible where they have a significantly lower environmental impact. No, electric scooters aren’t perfect for all trips or weather conditions, but they can be a useful mobility option in Chicago that we hope becomes as iconic as “L” trains, the “Sears” Tower, and Wrigley Field.

The City is currently reviewing responses to a survey of all Chicago residents that sought to evaluate ridership and determine the impacts of the program. There is no word yet on when a final decision will be made, but the following questions should be further explored:

  • How will scooters functions in the winter?
  • How can we encourage the use of scooters as a replacement for motor vehicle trips, not for active modes of transportation?
  • What would happen if scooters were distributed in all areas of the city, including downtown?
  • How do we integrate with other modes?
  • What does the scooter pilot look like on a bigger scale?

If you’d like to learn more about electric scooters as a mobility on demand solution, the MOD Learning Center has a new learning module dedicated the fast-growing mode. Read an informative overview as well as definitions, key policies, partnerships, and case studies and follow @Sharedusecntr for the latest scooter and other shared mobility news.

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The ten companies who participated in the pilot were:

Bird, Bolt, grüv, JUMP, Lime, Lyft, Sherpa, Spin, VeoRide, and Wheels.

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 25, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-october-25-2019/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:27:57 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9629 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 25, 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

Save the date!
2020 National Shared Mobility Summit

March 17-19, 2020
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Summit website launching next week! Learn more.

 

Take SUMC’s Shared and Electric Mobility Survey 
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By taking this survey, you can help build a community of mobility practitioners who share an understanding of the common barriers to carrying out clean, shared mobility projects, and we’ll draw on your insights to identify resources that can help us move past them and create clean mobility for all. We appreciate your help! If you have questions, please contact mary@sharedusemobilitycenter.org

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As a Project Associate, you’ll work across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to shape the future of mobility around climate and social equity goals. You can access the complete job description here as well as all our openings in both Chicago and Los Angeles. We look forward to hearing from you!


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Lyft has removed what riders pay for each trip from the fare breakdown that drivers receive, a move drivers believe will make it harder for them to track their weekly earnings while removing pay transparency.

Penske has launched its own free-floating carshare service called Penske Dash in DC and Arlington, VA with transportation software company Ridecell providing the platform for the app.

Lyft is opening a new service center in Chicago that will help ridehail drivers with vehicle maintenance and paperwork while adding 200 new jobs to broadly expand the Divvy bikeshare system.

Mobility startup Perpetoo launches Romania’s first-ever peer-to-peer carsharing platform in four cities including Bucharest.

Partnerships and Programs

Ford plans to launch 12,000 electric charging stations with a total of 35,000 plugs in the United States (and parts of Canada) and is working with Greenlots and Electrify America to make it happen.

The FTA is giving Reno’s RTC a grant for $40.4 million for the RAPID Transit BRT Extension project that will expand 1.8 miles from downtown to the University of Nevada.

A new report from London City Hall on the city’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone shows a 36% decrease in nitrogen dioxide levels in central London since the launch of the emissions-reducing project and 13,500 fewer cars in the center every day. Great work London!

South Bend, IN is piloting a new program that gives free transit passes and subsidized Lyft rides to late-night workers and employees with odd shifts, all thanks to a $1 million grant through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

A new mobility startup called Tortoise wants to outfit dockless scooters and bikes with autonomous technology to tackle sidewalk clutter and on-demand availability.

Disability rights advocates have filed a lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis and dockless scooter companies, saying the scooters are creating hazards for people with disabilities on city sidewalks. This follows recent suits filed in California against dockless mobility companies about similar sidewalk access barriers.

Uber’s EV mobility offering JUMP is testing dynamic pricing for dockless scooters in Dallas that will offer certain rates based on historical demand.

Evanston, IL is preparing regulation to allow e-bikes on city streets to promote car-free living and help lay the groundwork for Divvy’s inevitable launch of pedal-assist bikeshare in the region.

Transit

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced that Chicago will receive $20 million to improve bus speeds and service around the city as part of its Bus Priority Zone Program, focusing on bus-only lanes and other transit priority improvements.

Transdev CEO Yann Leriche shares his thoughts on where microtransit is heading in today’s multimodal transportation ecosystem and how it can it can achieve the right balance between experimentation and viability.

Take transit, get to your flight quicker. A new proposal from San Francisco’s BART wants transit users to jump ahead in the security line at San Francisco Airport to help cut down on car trips.

What would high-speed rail from Atlanta to Charlotte look like? How about extensions to DC and Boston? The Georgia DOT wants to know, and is holding open houses in Atlanta, Greenville, and Charlotte to find out.

Technology

In a world of constant tracking and location logging, companies and governments need to work together to make sure data is anonymized and the right policies are in place to protect data sensitivity.

The New York MTA will test innovative accessibility features, such as wayfinding apps, maps for the visually challenged, digital signage, and in-station navigation, at the new Accessible Station Lab in downtown Brooklyn as part of a pilot to make transit stations easier to navigate for people with mobility-related disabilities.

Renault is testing an on-demand ride service with two autonomous and electric Zoe vehicles at the Paris-Saclay urban campus while working with Nissan and self-driving tech startup Waymo to study a self-driving car route between Paris airport and the La Defense business district.

Western Michigan University will be using two autonomous shuttles around campus to offer new transportation options for students with disabilities as part of a pilot program for the Michigan Mobility Challenge.

Urban Sustainability

House Democrats Ayanna Pressley, Jesús “Chuy” García, and Mark Takano have formed the Future of Transportation Caucus to address transportation equity, access, and sustainability in the US. They (and SUMC as well) hope these issues are front-and-center as the $358-billion bill America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act makes its way through Congress now.

As San Francisco moves to remove cars from busy Market Street while adding more cycling infrastructure, Curbed wants you to remember how fun car-free streets in San Francisco can be with a nod to the city for turning the winding Lombard Street into a Candyland pedestrian paradise back in 2009.

The world is filled with demand-based pricing for all types of services and everyday activities so why has it been a public taboo to use it for our roads?Luckily, many cities are thinking or rethinking congestion pricing.

With people buying more cars than ever, cities and advocates should not only rely on new mobility services to fix things. Better street design and policy that prioritizes transit and shared mobility over private vehicles can replace that primary or secondary car for many.

Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Information

RFP: Real-time Curb Management API
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
San Francisco, California
Deadline: November 20, 2019

RFP: On-Demand Mobility Software
Marin County Transit District
San Rafael, California
Deadline: November 25, 2019

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

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 17, 2019 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-october-17-2019/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:11:25 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=9592 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 17, 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.

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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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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