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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

THE SHARED MOBILITY SUMMIT IS COMING TO YOU MAY 5 & 6

Nothing is more important to us than everyone’s health and safety, that is why we are hosting our Summit virtually as a two-day, all-inclusive experience. Take a look at the real-time, interactive sessions, receptions, and one-on-one conversations that await at the:

Join us for:

  • Keynote addresses and plenary sessions with the same or similar caliber of public and private-sector speakers
  • 8-10 interactive panels on cutting-edge shared mobility topics
  • Small discussion groups following presentations and one-on-one exchange with thought leaders
  • Additional sessions on current topics prior to the virtual Summit and in ongoing sessions afterward
  • A virtual Startup Spotlight competition with presentations, voting, and a finale event
  • A virtual Expo and a virtual test track featuring the latest technology and products, and opportunities to speak with company representatives at booths and tables
  • Digital brochure and learning materials
  • Breaks in between sessions that include receptions, music, and guided movement
  • Fully recorded for any missed sessions or for repeat viewing

Confirmed Sessions include: 

  • Technology and the Coordination of Paratransit and Human Services Transportation
  • State-Level Climate Action
  • Shared Mobility, Freight, and Goods Delivery
  • Many more to come!

Registered for the 2020 Summit and sticking with us? You’re all set! We will be sending out the updated site and schedule soon, as well as inviting you to our next virtual pre-summit session on Health Equity and Shared Mobility.

Interested in registering for the virtual event? Fill out our interest form here.


NEW INNOVATION WITH THE FTA

Shared-Use Mobility Center to provide technical assistance for 25 mobility projects in 23 states through a Federal Transit Administration program

We are excited to announce that we will be providing technical assistance toward the successful implementation of 25 transit projects selected by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) program. The IMI grantees, which will be awarded approximately $20.3 million, will execute innovative mobility solutions in urban, suburban, and rural areas that focus on on-demand transportation, transit automation, and multimodal payment integration.

Vince Valdes, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation at the FTA, expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration, saying “FTA is excited to continue our collaboration with the Shared-Use Mobility Center, which will support our grantees as well as the broader transit industry as they seek to improve mobility through innovative partnerships, technology, and service models.”

Valdes also spoke at last week’s virtual plenary session, The Future of Multimodal Systems, where he talked about the IMI program and transit funding during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are honored and delighted to be providing assistance to the program,” says SUMC Executive Director, Sharon Feigon. “They deserve praise for their commitment to new mobility solutions and partnerships during this difficult time.”


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

In wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, P2P carsharing platform Getaround has seen a significant drop in service use and is now looking for a buyer.

New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has sent out a call for Uber and Lyft drivers who aren’t working as much because of COVID-19 to deliver food to homebound senior citizens in the city.

Two groups of Uber and Lyft drivers in Mass. are urging a federal court to reclassify them as employees with paid sick leave, but an independent advisory group and company lawyers contest they are using the same legal arguments as they did prior to the Coronavirus outbreak.

UK carpooling app Faxi is pivoting its services to help connect drivers get supplies to those in need in a move to aid with the COVID-19 crisis and the recent “stay-at-home” order announcement.

Partnerships and Programs

Healthcare transportation platform Ride Health has a new program that will use “real-time geospatial tracking and granular data” to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 between passengers and ridehail/non-emergency medical trip drivers.

UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation and Research Center is currently taking applications for its free Complete Streets Safety Assessment program (applications due March 31) to help cities in California to make a plan for street safety improvements in high-injury areas.

San Antonio school districts throughout the city are using existing school buses and route networks to deliver meals to kids in need at apartment housing with a new child nutrition program. Next on their agenda: delivering instructional material to families and covering non-school locations.

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments will use a combined $6.5 million in funding to boost walking and biking projects in the region, including a “greenway shared-use trail”, new bike facilities, and non-motor vehicle improvements.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Chicago’s Divvy bikeshare is now offering free rides to critical healthcare workers and cutting single rides to $1 (and annual memberships to half price) for the general public through the end of April. Bike on, people.

In New York, health care workers can get free rides courtesy of EV moped-sharing service Revel. The company is also expanding its service area so users can get to major medical centers in response to the pandemic.

Lime has launched a new precision location-tracking technology for its dockless scooters and bikes that implements geo-fenced zones that send out alerts or commands for locking, speed, parking, and general use of its vehicles.

Micromobility startup Gotcha had to shut down its bikeshare program from the public in Syracuse, NY because of the state lockdown, so the company wants restaurants to use its bikes for delivery.

Transit

Somber news from the economic sector: see TransitCenter’s latest findings on the estimated financial impact of COVID-19 on public transportation in the US (spoiler: it’s around $26-$38 billion annually) as well as the breakdown at the state and local level.

Public transit is a life support that holds many cities together, but the necessity of its survival will need to be felt throughout communities all over the country if we expect widespread support for transit agencies in this dire time.

Because of the New York MTA’s new rear-door boarding and exiting for buses around the city to slow the spread of coronavirus, local bus service is essentially free for all passengers.

The State of New York will invest around $24 million to replace diesel-powered transit buses with all-electric vehicles with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Energy Research and Development Authority, as part of the federal Volkswagen Settlement.

Technology

Autonomous vehicle testing has suspended across the world with companies like Waymo, Uber, GM’s Cruise, Aurora, Argo AI, Pony.ai, and others halting any rides in direct response to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Read about Georgia Tech and the City of Atlanta’s collaborative effort, the Socially Aware Mobility Lab, to change transportation systems into multimodal mobility networks that include first/last mile solutions to fix congestion and sustainability issues on Government Technology.

While many self-driving vehicle tests come to a grinding halt, the autonomous Modai, developed by Chinese online conglomerate Meituan, is being used to deliver essential groceries in Beijing communities amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Urban Sustainability

A PSA for Illinoisans (or anyone for that matter): Stay active and go outside, just make sure to practice social distancing and be safe (courtesy of Streetsblog Chicago).

Streets need to be safe and open for all types of mobility (not just cars) if we want to keep them accessible for safer, cleaner transportation. Now is as good of a time as any to reclaim roads from cars and give them back to people.

New York is looking at options to close off some streets in the city to vehicle traffic and open them up to pedestrians and cyclists, in an effort to promote social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

How has density made cities more resilient in times of crisis when services, networks, and infrastructure are needed to keep people safe, secure, and content?

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Management, Operation and Maintenance of Nassau County’s Fixed Route and Paratransit Services
Nassau County, NY
Deadline: April 17, 2020

RFP: Intelligent Transportation Systems
Missoula Urban Transportation District (Mountain Line)
Missoula, MO
Deadline: April 24, 2020

RFP: Paratransit Demand Response Services
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Proposal # 2020-15
Deadline: April 30, 2020


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Mobility Hub Newsletter: March 20, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-march-20-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-march-20-2020 Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:01:21 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=10120 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: March 20, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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

Announcements

A few words about mobility and COVID-19

Personal mobility is a concern in today’s pandemic environment. Calls to work from home (for those lucky enough to have work), ‘Shelter in Place’, and limit travel to the essentials are reshaping life in America and around the world. The economic hardships that are following these rules affect the services we depend on every day: our schools and daycares, medicals services, public spaces, and our mobility options. Transit is vital for the places we do have to go and for the workers who are first responders and whose jobs require a physical presence.

While there are no bans on public transit, empty subway cars and buses, and increased cleaning regulations pose a significant financial loss for an industry that at best, barely makes ends meet. We urgently ask you to tell your representative to support public transit in any proposed relief or stimulus package. Both Transportation for America and the Environmental Law and Policy Center have simple forms you can fill out and they’ll send to your representative right now. Don’t wait, because when we recover, and we will recover, we want everyone to have safe, affordable, environmentally friendly ways to move around.


As COVID-19 health updates change daily, we are weighing the benefits and costs of having an in-person vs a virtual summit. Although this time has closed many doors, it opens an online world of experiences for all our Summit content: plenary panels, interactive workshops and sessions, the Startup Spotlight, the Shared Mobility Expo, even the test track, that we are excited to share with you in the weeks ahead.

We’d also like to thank our sponsors for staying with us during this time. You can see them below this week’s newsletter.


25 Transportation Projects Will Receive $20.3 Million in Grants Through the FTA’s Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Program

The Shared-Use Mobility Center will provide technical assistance to the IMI grantees, supporting projects that focus on using innovative technologies and processes to improve access to public transportation, increase public transportation efficiency, and enhance the overall rider experience. Learn more about the grantees here.

Just Released: Hawaii Island Shared Mobility Roadmap

The Shared-Use Mobility Center worked with the County of Hawai’i and the Ulupono Initiative to chart a path for the Big Island to address concerns about the economy, equity, and environmental sustainability as demographics, job access, and travel patterns shift. Released in March 2020, the Roadmap features a detailed summary of existing conditions pinpointing shared mobility opportunity areas, foundational and targeted strategies, and a step-by-step implementation guide. Read the Roadmap.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Lyft and Uber have suspended their pooled ride option in the US and Canada in a move to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus outbreak.

Could Uber be headed in the same direction as Yahoo, which at its peak, had a market value of over $100 billion but recently sold off the last of its business? It depends on whether the ridehailing giant can push past today’s roadblocks to profitability.

Toronto’s free-floating carshare pilot is being turned into a permanent program that will continue allowing carshare companies to keep cars parked on streets after a recent vote from the city’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee.

Integrated Medical Transport, a non-emergency medical transportation service in Pennsylvania, will open up its service as a ridehailing option to the general public in a move to help people move around during the coronavirus outbreak.

Partnerships and Programs

Public transit advocates, including TransitCenter and Transportation for America, are pushing for a Green New Deal for transportation that would entail a $37 billion increase in annual investment for transit maintenance, operation, and projects. We support, wholeheartedly.

The World Economic Forum has released a report detailing eight guidelines for cities, companies, and mobility experts that want to help strengthen partnerships and collaboration in shared mobility.

Metrolink in Southern California has secured a $10.7 million grant from the US DOT to improve passenger rail safety and speed for the busy Burbank-Anaheim Rail Corridor.

The City of Bogotá is expanding its cycling network by 47 miles of temporary bike lanes as a measure to reduce public transit crowding and prevent the spread of coronavirus. More cities should take note.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

With our world facing a pandemic and focusing on reducing the outbreak with social distancing, more people are hopping on bikes to get around their cities. New York has seen a 50% increase in biking this month compared to last year, and Chicago’s Divvy bikeshare has seen ridership double in the same period.

Shared scooter startups Lime and Bird are suspending their services in cities and countries across the US and Europe as the COVID-19 outbreak continues. No date has been announced from either company on when services will resume.

In a necessary move, New York Mayor de Blasio is suspending the crackdown on e-bike delivery workers by the NYPD, thanks to local cycling advocates, as the city self-quarantines amid the coronavirus crisis. Better yet, de Blasio: make the suspension permanent.

Transit

People in the US and Canada are more reluctant to use public transportation as fears of contracting COVID-19 grow, according to a new survey by Northstar Research Partners.

Chicago public transit ridership, along with many other systems around the world, is down but that isn’t a bad thing right now even with systems continuing service. Slowing the growth of coronavirus cases takes priority for ensuring public safety.

King County Metro and Sound Transit in Seattle are suspending fare enforcement from dedicated fare officers on their transit networks (even if riders are still expected to pay the fare) in a move to keep social distancing high.

Learn how transit agencies in LA county and around the US are handling sanitation, general operation, and rider education on health safety during the COVID-19 crisis on LAist.

Technology

Toyota and Chinese AI startup Momenta partner up to bring better HD maps to self-driving vehicle development for improved navigation accuracy.

Researchers out of the University of California have found that typical fast-charging tech for EVs damages their batteries since it exposes them to very high temperatures for prolonged periods. Luckily, the researchers have developed a new fast-charging algorithm that reduces the amount of heat for the battery when powering up.

The Smart Cities Council has released an online collaborative platform for cities to visualize response plans and facilitates information sharing on COVID-19 mitigation.

UK’s Department for Transport has announced a new plan that will explore mobility innovation and new transportation technologies in special “Future Transport Zones” to catch up to other European countries leading the charge in new mobility innovation.

Urban Sustainability

When we think of city design, even in the age of a growing pandemic, we should look at how past advancements in health and sanitation led to the way we experience our communities now.

“We are being challenged to shift our mental framework away from sheer survivalist panic—to go from ‘Let me buy all the Purell I can to be safe,’ to ‘How can I be a good steward in my community and have us all get through this together?’” Read more on GQ.

Transportation demand has shifted seemingly overnight as organizations, cities, countries, and individuals practice social distancing and self-isolation due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. What has this amounted to in terms of global carbon emissions? A stark reduction, it seems.

The way we plan and operate in urban areas has changed dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic. Read how many different sectors in countries around the world are dealing with urban design, healthcare infrastructure, and emergency response challenges on Thomson Reuters Foundation News.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Challenge Grants
Federal Transit Administration
Deadline: April 17, 2020

RFP: Paratransit Demand Response Services
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Proposal # 2020-15
Deadline: April 30, 2020


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Mobility Hub Newsletter: March 12, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-march-12-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-march-12-2020 Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:23:41 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=10101 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: March 12, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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

Announcements

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SHARON FEIGON

Hello Friends,

I wanted to personally share the latest news about the 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit.

As many of you may have heard on our site and social channels, we are rescheduling our 2020 Summit. On Monday, March 9th, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a Disaster Proclamation for the State of Illinois over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and since then the situation has continued to escalate in Illinois and across the world.

We are finalizing a new, in-person date for the Summit for August 2020. It is our hope that this new date will provide a safer environment for all.

And in the meantime? We are committed to continuing the momentum of the Summit in virtual channels. Registered attendees will be able to participate in live plenary sessions and we are considering additional breakout sessions and interviews with key leaders that will occur over the next few months. These are not replacements for our in-person event, but ways to keep the conversations going forward.

We know that many of you are also facing a variety of challenges with your agencies and businesses and we want to foster conversation about how we are all meeting these new challenges.

Thank you for your patience as we sort out how to do this. We plan to highlight all our sponsors (see our wonderful sponsors listed below) and honor all registrations for our new events. We truly need your support as we learn how to be resilient in an increasingly complex environment. Let’s look ahead. Thanks again.

Sincerely,

Sharon Feigon


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Because of the spread of Coronavirus in the US and around the world, gig-economy companies such as Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash are offering paid time off to their drivers to help mitigate workers accepting trips while sick. Does this bring “independent contractors” closer to “employee” status who deserve benefits? (Most likely yes).

Go360, a subscription-based ridehail service for commuters, launches in Sacramento and Davis, CA offering offering four rides a day, seven days a week, for a tidy $250 a month.

EV industry source Electrive looks at the electrification of carsharing around Europe and how the latest shifts in technology have turned many gas-powered fleets into emissions-reducing shared mobility alternatives that bank on multimodality.

German mobility platform Wunder Mobility is launching a carpooling services in North America that aims to boost shared commutes to reduce emissions and parking needs.

Partnerships and Programs

Minneapolis has released a draft of its Transportation Action Plan that hopes to create a more connected network of streets, public transit, bikes, and other forms of mobility to cover issues like climate change, economic equity, and healthy living.

Officials want to help cut car commuting in Austin, TX with a new proposed plan that will give free transit passes to select employers to help get people onto buses and trains.

The California Transportation Commission is working on a draft plan that will push for more inexpensive, “quick-build” projects for streets and right of way improvements in the state to quickly fix issues around safety and access.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Divvy and the Chicago DOT are gearing up to start the bikeshare expansion into the city’s South Side this spring, with a new set of pedal assist e-bikes that include a built-in cable lock (to end trips at bike racks and sign poles) that will be part of the rollout with regular bikes.

From our Streetsblog friends in NYC, a case for making biking safer in the City, as it is one of the safest ways to travel with less health risks and more health benefits.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging people to “Bike or walk to work” in a bid to reduce the spread of Coronavirus from crowded trains. Maybe he should focus on less cyclist ticketing stings and more bike lane-blocking enforcement to make that happen.

Buffalo’s Reddy Bikeshare is extending service around Niagara Falls in 30 locations starting at the end of March.

Transit

The top 5 US transit systems are stepping up cleaning measures in the wake of the Coronavirus, which is communicable through close contact with others. Practices include daily cleanings, pandemic task forces, increased communication and signage.

Austin, TX’s Cap Metro are looking at a bold future that includes a light rail system that covers downtown, and a route straight to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The next step: how to finance the whole thing.

This frank, in-depth, and insightful Vice article asses the current state of public transit in the US and how it got that way (politics, priorities, privatization…). While the solutions cited are limited, it is up to all of us to fill in those blanks.

Good news for commuters in the NC Triangle as Durham County commissioners voted unanimously to approve $2 Billion to study a rail line that would run from Durham to Johnston counties, with stops in Raleigh, Morrisville, Cary, and Garner.

Technology

Two volvos in San Francisco might soon drive themselves as Uber resumes AV testing in the City, its hometown.

London-based company D-Fly envisions the 38-mile-per-hour “Hyperscooter” made from carbon-fiber and aerospace-grade aluminium with integrated GPS navigation. It comes at an eye-watering $5,000 price tag though.

A new MaaS app in Karlsruhe, Germany from transportation tech company INIT will giver users the power to book and manage bus, train, carshare and bikeshare trips for more seamless multimodal mobility.

China largest ridehailing player Didi is now offering home delivery service in key major areas in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Urban Sustainability

In an urban setting, how can we avoid close contact with others, especially while taking public transit, when trying to lower the risk of contracting COVID-19? Well, CityLab wants to remind you to stop touching stuff as a start.

As our population ages and loses the ability to drive (and even walk to) where they need to go, what can be done to make sure they are included in the conversations when cities plan for more active transportation and street safety measures?

We need to shift perceptions in order to shift modes. While technology poses new mobility possibilities for the future, we can invest in and improve a system that definitely lowers carbon emissions right now: public transit.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Safe Routes to School Plan
City of Salinas
Salinas, CA
Deadline: March 18, 2020

RFP: Paratransit Demand Response Services
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Proposal # 2020-15
Deadline: April 30, 2020


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A message to the 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit Attendees:

Today, Governor Pritzker issued a Disaster Proclamation for the State of Illinois over the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the interest of the health and safety of all, and after much discussion with partners and our board, we have decided not to hold the 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit on March 17-19. 

We were looking forward to seeing all of you in Chicago, and we know that everyone—speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, Startup Spotlight finalists, and attendees alike—wanted to share exciting new developments and discuss this fast changing field.

We are in the process of finalizing plans for holding virtual sessions that will move forward these valuable discussions while we work out the logistics of a new in-person Summit that will take place soon.

Please continue to hold time during March 18 and March 19 for the first virtual sessions. We will get back to you in the next few days with exciting details.

We are committed to continuing the momentum of the Summit and giving our attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors the full experience. We appreciate your patience as we finalize new plans. We are all learning how to be resilient in an increasingly complex environment.

Onward!

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The Shared-Use Mobility Center Staff

Contact: Leslie Gray, Communications and Public Affairs Director

Organization: Shared-Use Mobility Center

(312) 448-8083 Ext. 403

Leslie@sharedusemobilitycenter.org

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Mobility Hub Newsletter: March 5, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-march-5-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-march-5-2020 Fri, 06 Mar 2020 18:36:58 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=10079 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: March 5, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

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

Announcements

THIS WEEKEND ONLY- REGISTER AND SAVE 15%

Use code 2020SUMMIT15OFF at checkout. Offer ends 3.8.20 at 11:59 PM

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


CALIFORNIA’S SHARED + ELECTRIC MOBILITY INITIATIVE IS MOVING INTO PHASE 3

The Shared-Use Mobility Center is wrapping up the second phase of the Initiative, is a multi-year partnership with The Hewlett Foundation to promote clean, shared mobility as a transportation equity solution. In the first phase, SUMC conducted pilots for electrifying carsharing and ridehailing with partners like the City of Los Angeles and fast-charge provider EVgo.

Now we’re releasing results from the second phase, which was focused on communicating lessons learned from early pilots. And we’re moving into a third phase, which is all about scaling—starting with the launch of the California Clean Mobility Options program providing $20 million to deploy shared+electric projects in disadvantaged communities starting this Spring.

Read about the findings in the Learning Center:

Join us for an EPA Webinar
SUMC staff will present on insights from the Shared+Electric Mobility Initiative on an upcoming EPA webinar, Thursday March 12th at 3:00 Eastern / 12:00 Pacific. Register here:
New Mobility Mindsets: Shared Mobility and Personal Micromobility


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

The Massachusetts House has approved a $612M transportation funding bill that includes a gas tax and higher fees on luxury and solo ridehailing trips. The bill still needs to go through the Senate before reaching Governor Baker’s desk.

Free2Move will bring Citroën’s new 2-seater Ami EV to its carsharing service in Paris, giving people more options for smaller shared EV mobility.

A home-grown ridehailing service called Myle looks to break into the New York market, and the founder is using his taxi background to gain a slice of the ridehail pie.

Carpool app Hytch has linked up with South Bend, IN to offer rewards to people with limited transport options who share their rides.

Partnerships and Programs

Tap & go grows on the East coast. New York MTA is expanding its OMNY contactless fare payment system to all local buses in Manhattan this month.

The FTA has released a notice of funding opportunity for an $8.5-million grant program aimed to “improve mobility in underserved communities, including rural areas”.

LA Metro will launch a three-year microtransit pilot with RideCo Inc. that focuses on short trips in six designated zones and historically underserved communities and features an all-in-one MaaS app and TAP card payments.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

The ebb and flow of the shared scooter phenomenon in cities is transitioning into a growth period as officials and mobility companies iron out fleet sizes, local regulations, and parking woes.

Micromobility company Helbiz and crowdsourced traffic/street reporting app OurStreets (one of our 2020 Shared Mobility Summit Startup Spotlight Top Ten) are partnering to help clean up shared bike and scooter parking issues in a month-long pilot in DC.

Aurora, IL wants a new bikeshare system and is currently in talks to use Koloni for a small dockless system for more active transportation and bike trail use in the city.

A new collaborative study on vehicle parking in five cities found that about a quarter of observed motor vehicles were in violation of local parking rules while less than a percent of parked scooters and bikes were impeding street access.

Transit

A council member in DC wants to make all public transit in the region free, and the funding projections behind the idea look promising.

Ultra-fast regional transit is getting closer to reality in the American Southwest as rail developer Texas Central inks a $5.9 billion deal with Spanish firm Renfe to build a high-speed rail route between Dallas and Houston.

VIDEO: Learn about Jersey City’s new on-demand microtransit service with ridehail platform Via that offers subsidized rides and has a wheelchair-accessible option.

The Atlanta Regional Commission Board is pushing on with its $173 billion transportation plan that includes $11 billion set aside for new transit projects and expansions. Now if only the plan had less money earmarked for highway expansions and more for cleaner mobility options…

Technology

Denmark’s first autonomous shuttle that mixes with traffic on public roads is officially here, thanks to work from AV tech company Navya, service operator Holo, and officials from the suburb of Aalborg East.

Taking a page out of Tesla’s book, Porsche has ramped up its EV efforts claiming it has “1,035 AC charging stations in around 20 countries” with hopes to hit 2K chargers by the end of 2020.

A new report out of Beijing shows that 77 autonomous vehicles, in total, from 13 Chinese AV startups have logged in a little over 1 million kilometers on Beijing roads in all of 2019, a 677% jump from the number of miles logged in 2018.

Urban Sustainability

Cities of all sizes have to adapt to climate change in a way unique to their structure, geography, and culture. Although there is no one master plan, certain principles and elements can be a guide for all.

Behold a new vision for Buffalo, with fewer cars, less parking and more modes to get around. This future may not be too far away as the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency and the national Congress for the New Urbanism are completing the mobility plan May 1st.

Ensuring that “physically, economically, or socially disadvantaged people are able to reside in multi-modal, economically successful neighborhoods is called the “Right to the City.” Planners, Planetizen offers, can help make this a reality.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

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

RFP-Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan
Sunset Empire Transportation District
Astoria, OR
Deadline: March 16, 2020

RFP: Safe Routes to School Plan
City of Salinas
Salinas, CA
Deadline: March 18, 2020

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Announcements

ALMOST SOLD OUT—HURRY!

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

DIVE INTO THE 2020 SUMMIT PROGRAM

PLENARY PANEL SPOTLIGHT:
The Future of Multimodal Systems

Maturation or destruction? Walled gardens or open ecosystems? On the morning of Thursday, March 19th, we’ll focus on the different strategies and issues as companies mature and evolve into multimodal services concurrently with the evolution of transit agencies into mobility providers—and what this means for working together. Join us as leaders from the public and private sectors discuss different approaches and how they can be successful to ensure the public good.

Featuring: 

  • Moderator: Emily Castor Warren, Principal and Director of Policy, Nelson\Nygaard
  • Gary Thomas, President/Executive Director, DART
  • Shin-Pei Tsay, Director of Policy, Cities, and Transportation, Uber
  • Lilly Shoup, Senior Director of Policies and Partnerships, Lyft
  • Benjamin de la Peña, Former Chief of Strategy and Innovation, Seattle DOT
  • Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Executive Director, Open Mobility Foundation

To learn more about these issues, read:
How open or closed mobility may affect Mobility as a Service
A case involving Lyft, Citi Bike, and New York City
A CityLab article on how the Los Angeles DOT (headed by Wednesday plenary panelist Seleta Reynolds) has been leveraging access to their city streets in order to push companies into following the Mobility Data Specification, an open-source data standard developed and maintained by Thursday plenary panelist Jascha Franklin-Hodge’s Open Mobility Foundation

View all speakers and panelists.


Summit speakers featured on The Movement Podcast

In Episode 54, Moderator Maria Zimmerman shares what communities are doing to maximize the public benefit from underused public lands. In Episode 55, Plenary Panelist Veronica Vanterpool challenges us to rethink what is commonly called, “innovation”.

This is just a taste of what’s in store. Save your spot at the 2020 Summit—hurry, time is running out.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

A new study out of the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that ridehail trips “result in an estimated 69 percent more climate pollution on average than the trips they displace”. Mobility companies need to focus on more electrification AND shared rides combined, while promoting clean transportation alternatives to really tackle emissions.

Renault is launching a free-floating, all-EV carsharing service in Paris with 500 Renault ZOE, as part of a new partnership with Spanish transport infrastructure company Ferrovial.

AAA will be expanding its GiG carshare service to Seattle with 250 free-floating Toyota Priuses by May. This comes just months after the exit of several big-name carshare companies from the region.

Singapore-based ridehail company Grab has raised a total of $856 million thanks to new funding from Japanese investors, including Mitsubishi Financial Group.

Partnerships and Programs

Getting around in Cincinnati is always a challege, especially for those with disabilities and limited mobility. As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 this year, how can officials and companies make sure taxi rides are accessible for people who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices?

A new partnership between City Tech Collaborative, Bosch, and HERE Technologies will analyze street data to help better manage curb space for different types of mobility and traffic congestion.

PlanetM has announced its fourth round of grants to mobility and technology companies, covering solutions from EV solar-charging systems to an on-demand parking app and a platform for smart ridehail pick/dropoff management.

A new order from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has created the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification to ensure that the state stays ahead in new mobility technology and innovation, including autonomous vehicle and EV development.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Micromobility company Spin has deployed its dedicated charging and parking hubs, developed by mobility tech startup Swiftmile, for shared scooters in Phoenix to clean up sidewalk clutter and address accessibility issues for the right of way.

Check out Better Bike Share’s mini-round up of cycling- and transit-focused initiatives and programs that celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth.

It looks like DC’s Capital Bikeshare is bringing back pedal-assist e-bikes with plans to introduce 1,500 to its fleet this spring.

Montréal is giving up on dockless scooters and banning them from city streets due to unsafe riding and improperly parked vehicles, but critics point out there was a lack of designated parking areas in the city during the pilot phase.

Transit

Starting March 1, all public transit services will be free to use in Luxembourg, making it the first country in the world with fare-free shared mobility!

Vancouver’s TransLink wants to electrify half its bus fleet by 2030 and run a completely EV fleet by 2050, but finding the right financing to do it might be difficult.

#ElectionDay is coming up in LA so the city’s Metro agency is making public transit free March 3 through midnight March 4, with the agency’s HQ One Gateway Plaza and the El Monte bus station doubling as voting centers.

The CTA is beefing up its bus rapid transit initiatives in Chicago with all-door boarding pilots for two of its routes. Faster bus loading is always welcome.

Technology

Self-driving tech company Cruise has a new permit to transport passengers with its autonomous vehicles in California, thanks to the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

The NHTSA is partially suspending EasyMile’s self-driving shuttle operation in Columbus, OH due to a passenger injury after a sudden stop going while going 7mph.

Boston’s MBTA will be adding solar-powered, e-ink, digital signs that show real-time transit information at 18 bus tops and three Green Line stations.

Chinese autonomous tech startup Pony.ai has recently secured $462 million in funding with support from Toyota.

Urban Sustainability

“…with transportation generating one-third of U.S. carbon emissions, it’s clear that unsafe pedestrian and biking conditions in our cities could end up making climate change much, much worse.” Read more about #VisionZero being a solution to climate change on Curbed.

What would it take to make Chicago a “15-minute city”? Changes to zoning regulations for more mixed-use development and much larger investments in biking and pedestrian infrastructure across the whole city might do the trick.

Greater Greater Washington looks at a few solutions on how to make transit signage more accessible for people with disabilities and how simple things, such as placement and visual markers, go a long way.

If you want to make sure sustainable transportation works for everyone, then you have to think about how your transportation advocacy affects different types of marginalized groups. John Greenfield on the Chicago Reader gives advice on how not to be a “livable streets jerk”.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

Bedford Park RFQ Submissions Due Monday

The Village of Bedford Park, outside of Chicago, is an industrial suburb where jobs outnumber residents by more than 50 to 1. With the support of Cook County, the Village has been studying ways to improve workers’ commutes around the clock. A new pilot, Connect2Work, aims to increase transit connections and job access with shared mobility services. SUMC, along with team members Antero Group and the Active Transportation Alliance, is providing technical assistance for the project and encourages transportation and technology providers to apply.
View the RFQ below.

RFQ: Connect2Work
The Village of Bedford Park, Illinois
Bedford Park, Illinois
Deadline Extended: March 2, 2020

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

RFP-Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan
Sunset Empire Transportation District
Astoria, OR
Deadline: March 16, 2020

RFP: Safe Routes to School Plan
City of Salinas
Salinas, CA
Deadline: March 18, 2020

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Announcements

Don’t miss the shared mobility event of the year!
Sign up today and reserve your room before we sell out. 

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

Meet our newest plenary speaker:
Tracey Zhen, President of Zipcar

Does carsharing have a role in a multimodal future? Find out at the 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit.

On Thursday, March 19th, Zipcar President Tracey Zhen will talk about what’s happening overall in the carsharing industry as well as the dynamics that have shaped the withdrawal of many carshare companies from the US market and how carsharing will fit with other shared modes in the future.

You can dive deeper into the topic with our breakout session, “Lessons Learned and the Future of Carshare,” which includes SUMC’s Program Manager, Bolloré Blue Systems, Getaround, and other leaders in the industry.

Great Workshop News

We’ve updated the cutting-edge content and given you more registration options. Workshops are for registered Summit attendees only, so remember to grab your ticket today!

Explore Summit Workshops on March 17, 2020

Register now and hear all our incredible plenary speakers

Read about the over 100 panelists we have on our breakout sessions and workshops on our Summit site.


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Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

A bill setting regulations on P2P carsharing was recently approved in a Florida House Committee, planting a flag in the lengthy battle between platforms, traditional car rental companies, and lawmakers.

Uber is piloting a new dial-a-ride feature in Arizonan to make the mobility app more accessible to the non-tech savvy.

UK-based company HelloEV has launched a new app that allows organizations and communities to turn their own EVs into a local carsharing service that uses keyless booking.

The ridehailing giant of the East, Did Chuxing, is expanding its service to Australia’s biggest ridehailing market: Sydney.

Partnerships and Programs

The North Carolina DOT is accepting applications, as part of a new grant program, for municipalities to develop comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans. Read more on Mass Transit magazine.

Ozark Regional Transit has started a free on-demand microtransit service in Rogers, AK, in partnership with Canadian transit tech company Pantonium.

Scooter use has been booming in Charlotte, NC which has seen about 2.1 million trips since the start of its dockless mobility pilot in May 2018—all thanks to the city’s data-driven planning with mobility management company Passport.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has announced a Transit Quick Build Program to help streamline transit improvements that aim to fix reliability and street safety at critical transit corridors.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

How much higher is the safety risk posed by dockless scooters compared to riding a bike? Virtually nothing, according to a new report out of the International Transport Forum.

Learn how Bird worked with the City of Paris to outline “preferred parking” spots, in-app, for scooter-sharing riders using real-time navigation and GPS-enabled alerts and how that has cleaned up micromobility sidewalk clutter.

Sonoma County has approved a program to launch a fleet of 300 pedal-assist e-bikes, provided by Gotcha Mobility, near SMART rail stations.

Reddy Bikeshare in Buffalo, NY has seen such a great year in ridership and community building that city officials are planning to bump up the number of stations and bikes for the growing system.

Transit

A recent Chicago Tribune opinion piece asked readers to choose the best way to provide desperately-needed, equitable transportation access in the Far South Side: more affordable Metra fares/service or a Red Line Extension. Streetsblog quotes transit analyst Yonah Freemark in their opinion that, in reality, Far South Siders deserve both.

The free-transit conversation is getting nationwide coverage, and the potential quality of life improvements for day-to-day users helps to explain why, but the service will need to be reliable and accessible for everyone for it to work.

Recently, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority CEO Matt Carpenter talked about the carbon-neutrality goals for the city’s transit system at a local sustainability forum and what it would take to realign bus improvements to stay on track for better ridership.

San Francisco planners and residents in the Bayview neighborhood are working in tandem to use grassroots efforts and community-focused feedback to bring pedestrian safety features and bike network buildouts to the area.

Technology

Hyundai and the US Department of Energy have inked a deal to expand fuel cell and hydrogen tech in various regions across the country, including The District.

There’s a massive trove of transportation data available, and even with shifting tech and innovation it can help make our mobility systems smarter. The challenge lies in making those data decisions and Arity has a few suggestions.

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled an EV autonomous shuttle concept that is aimed at shared use and last-mile goods delivery called “Project Vector” that’s slated for testing by 2021.

Digging through a sea of public transportation data can make it hard for agencies to use the right information to fix transit bottlenecks—but Transport for Greater Manchester and data platform Snowflake may have the beginnings of a smart solution.

Urban Sustainability

Our city leaders should always look out for the safety of people on their streets. If our mayors believe in #VisionZero, then they will need to support and champion policies and programs that keep pedestrians, cyclists, and micromobility users safe.

What’s the ideal measurement of urban density? City Observatory looks at a potentially more useful method that considers walkability and the closeness of local amenities.

More car-free zones are always needed for safer, sustainable, and more efficient transportation systems so why hasn’t LA joined the club? Well, a new proposal in the city wants to make it happen for Broadway street.

“I can’t do that on a bike!” Streetsblog wants to let you know that yes, yes you can. Check out all the examples of people carrying extraordinary things on their two wheels.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

Bedford Park RFQ is a first/last mile solution to a unique problem

The Village of Bedford Park, outside of Chicago, is an industrial suburb where jobs outnumber residents by more than 50 to 1. With the support of Cook County, the Village has been studying ways to improve workers’ commutes around the clock. A new pilot, Connect2Work, aims to increase transit connections and job access with shared mobility services. SUMC, along with team members Antero Group and the Active Transportation Alliance, is providing technical assistance for the project and encourages transportation and technology providers to apply.
View the RFQ below.

RFQ: Connect2Work
The Village of Bedford Park, Illinois
Bedford Park, Illinois
Deadline Extended: February 28, 2020

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

RFP-Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan
Sunset Empire Transportation District
Astoria, OR
Deadline: March 16, 2020

RFP: Safe Routes to School Plan
City of Salinas
Salinas, CA
Deadline: March 18, 2020

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Announcements

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

Make a difference on St. Patrick’s Day with
2020 Summit Workshops

Workshops are intimate, focused, work sessions on transportation’s most pressing issues. Just take a look at the topics! All workshops take place on March 17th from 12:00 PM to 3:45 PM and lunch is included.

REGISTER NOW AND BOOK YOUR WORKSHOP
Already registered? No problem, add a workshop to your registration here.

Workshop 1: Lessons Learned from Mobility on Demand Projects
Join SUMC, the Federal Transit Administration, ICF, and UC Berkeley to examine the progress in innovation made by transit agencies in recent years, including the evaluations of the MOD Sandbox projects. Then, discuss the strengths and role of transit in an integrated mobility future.

Workshop 2: Understanding Risk in Shared Mobility through Human-Centered Design
This workshop will help participants identify and address the emerging risks of new forms of shared mobility. Using human-centered design methodology, participants will gain insights and tools to improve their understanding of risk management within this sector.

Workshop 3: Transportation Decarbonization without Electrification
In this workshop, a group of public, private, and nonprofit national leaders will debate and discuss policy, funding, the available toolkit, research, and marketing to identify where we can have the most impact in moving toward mode shift to reduce transportation CO2 emissions. (By invitation.)

Workshop 4: Human Service Transportation and Universal Mobility
This workshop will look at opportunities for data integration around human service transportation and larger Mobility as a Service (MaaS) initiatives. Participants will break into groups and discuss policy strategies that could be adopted at either a city, state or federal level.
Speakers include:
Jana Lynott, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
Judy Shanley, Asst. VP, Education & Youth Transition, Easterseals Headquarters; Co-Director, National Center for Mobility Management
Roger Teal, President, DemandTrans Solutions
Katherine Freund, Founder and President, ITNAmerica
Joseph Yawn, Program Project Coordinator, Atlanta Regional Commission

Workshop 5: Leveraging Technology and Strategic Partnerships for Sustained Industry Transformation
This workshop provides a critical look at the digital transformation in cities and the specific implications that change creates within transportation, focusing on macro technology trends, common challenges, and methods to establish meaningful partnerships.

Check out the newest speakers on the block at what’s shaping up to be our best Summit yet!


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

After losing many free-floating, carsharing services over the past year, the mode is making its way back to Seattle through Envoy with EV carshare programs at housing developments.

Ridehail for kids startup HopSkipDrive has secured a recent boost of $22 million to keep increasing their efforts in family-friendly mobility. Catch up with CEO Joanna McFarland on how the startup is focusing on offering on-demand transportation options to homeless children and those with specialized needs.

HyreCar, a carsharing platform for ridehail drivers, is teaming up with Clutch Technologies on the backend so dealers, OEMs, and other fleet managers can provide their vehicles for on-demand use by ridehail drivers.

BlaBlaCar had major growth in 2019 and saw a 71% increase in revenue, which can be attributed in part to the bus ticketing options on its app in select European markets.

Partnerships and Programs

A new $20 million grant from Lilly Endowment will help Indianapolis expand its pedestrian and cycling Cultural Trail by two miles to create better neighborhood connectivity for active transportation.

A new partnership between the New York MTA and ridehail companies is expected to increase mobility options for late-night shift workers where transit access is scarce, but some advocates believe that buses could do the job better.

Lyft and GoDurham transit agency have launched a first/last mile ridehail pilot program in East Durham, NC to help people get to and from the bus. Go Carolina!

You will soon see a lot more EV carshare and vehicle-sharing service in the Citymapper app thanks to a new partnership with Vulog that promises more seamless end-to-end mobility-as-a-service (MaaS).

Bikesharing and Micromobility

LA and Uber have been in a contentious fight over shared scooter and bike data, and the city recently won an appeal on its decision to suspend Uber’s permit after the company refused to share real-time data citing privacy concerns.

After surveying Atlanta residents to find out what changes they want out of the dockless scooter program, the City found out that 64% of respondents wanted to see more safe places to ride. Micromobility lanes are a must for safer streets.

Ford released an emoji jacket to help cyclists communicate with drivers while sharing the road, but it puts the responsibility (and blame) for accidents on the bicycle riders, not the drivers of 3,000+ lb automobiles.

Jacksonville, FL approved a dockless bike- and scooter-sharing program for the city that will require dedicated parking corrals to mitigate sidewalk clutter.

Transit

Hear about Shreveport, LA’s SporTran transit agency and how their community- and story-focused public transportation efforts have turned an inefficient system into an innovative and equitable EV-focused bus network.

LA Metro is getting a $1.3 billion grant from the FTA to build out the final phase of its Purple Line Extension rail project.

Uber wants to help you make that last train with a new feature that uses real-time transit data to schedule rides around New York’s Long Island Rail Road and San Francisco Bay Area Caltrain trips.

A new bill making its way around Georgia wants to remove the requirement that allocates fuel tax funds strictly for work on road projects and allow for any transportation-related program to benefit, including public transit.

Technology

Get around on foot with augmented reality (AR). Moovit now offers AR navigation when walking for easier way finding around cities in its app.

The NHTSA has just granted Nuro, an autonomous vehicle delivery company, an exemption that will allow Nuro to make and deploy up to 5,000 of its EV delivery vehicles, which don’t include any windshields, side mirrors or backup cameras, during a two-year period.

Fiat Chrysler is working with Chinese startup AutoX to launch a self-driving vehicle ridehail service in areas including Shenzhen and Shanghai in the first half of this year.

A hybrid human and automated on-demand transit service is coming to Norway and Netherlands as part of a joint initiative with self-driving tech startup Spare Labs and SAGA, a Canadian and Norwegian autonomous vehicle management consortium.

Urban Sustainability

A new study from research consultancy firm Kantar shows that private car trips in cities will drop by around 10% by 2030 while trips made by walking, biking, and public transit will rise a combined 49% in the same period.

The new Moving Forward Framework bill backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio proposes that more people will use active transportation if it is convenient and safe. We agree.

A cultural shift is transforming Denver into a much more bike-friendly haven but the need for more protected lanes and safe infrastructure is still there. Read more in the Denver Post.

AUDIO: Hear about the latest transit trends and community development happening in Charlotte, NC that are building a resilient city with a robust and equitable transportation system on TransLoc’s The Movement podcast.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

Bedford Park RFQ is a first/last mile solution to a unique problem

The Village of Bedford Park, outside of Chicago, is an industrial suburb where jobs outnumber residents by more than 50 to 1. With the support of Cook County, the Village has been studying ways to improve workers’ commutes around the clock. A new pilot, Connect2Work, aims to increase transit connections and job access with shared mobility services. SUMC, along with team members Antero Group and the Active Transportation Alliance, is providing technical assistance for the project and encourages transportation and technology providers to apply.
View the RFQ below.

RFQ: Connect2Work
The Village of Bedford Park, Illinois
Bedford Park, Illinois
Deadline Extended: February 28, 2020

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

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

Announcements

Register today before we sell out!

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

View the full program and start planning your days.

Catch Sharon Feigon, our Executive Director, on Talking Headways.

We’re big fans of Overhead Wire’s Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast, and last Monday was no exception. Jeff Wood spoke to CityLab’s Laura Bliss and Shared-Use Mobility Center Executive Director Sharon Fegion, who gave a few exciting announcements about our very upcoming Shared Mobility Summit.


Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Drivers of Tesla’s upcoming and not-yet-autonomous ridehail platform will be able to use the automaker’s in-house driver insurance, though only in California.

Multimodality is becoming a reality in Southeast Asia where countries and companies have surged ahead to offer a plethora of carsharing, dockless scooter, bikeshare, and MaaS options.

Indian ridehail giant Ola is officially launching its services in the London area on February 10, giving UK residents another option to hitch a ride.

One-way carsharing could make its way back into Calgary as city officials evaluate new parking regulations and fees for gas-powered and electric carshare vehicles.

Partnerships and Programs

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has unveiled a new, 5-year, $760 billion infrastructure plan that includes provisions for developing an electric vehicle charging network and boosting public transit funding—with an eye on clean energy buses to lower emissions.

The Orange County Transportation Authority now has the largest transit-operated hydrogen fueling station in the US because of a new partnership with the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and Center for Transportation and the Environment.

The New York MTA’s new OMNY transit fare system is expanding in the city to 37 more subway stations around the Bronx by the end of the month.

Sacramento’s Green Means Go initiative has a few goals: to revitalize underdeveloped corridors with affordable housing and to make it easier for residents to access public transit and cycling options.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Governor Cuomo has released his plan on the legalization of e-bikes and EV scooters in New York. Let’s hope this one passes as a victory for micromobility!

Scooter company Bird has acquired European micromobility startup Circ with operations in 43 cities in 12 countries, which could help Bird scale across Europe and the Middle East.

A new report from the European Environment Agency highlights how first/last mile modes such as bikes and dockless scooters affect sustainability due to the vehicles’ lifespan and how they are recharged.

What can cities to do mitigate sidewalk-blocking clutter from shared scooters? One great solution: set up charging docks to corral them and keep the pedestrian right of way accessible.

Transit

It’s #BlackHistoryMonth, and several transit agencies are celebrating it by highlighting historic figures with visual signs, using onboard information to teach children about African-American heritage, and leaving one seat open for the late Rosa Parks to commemorate her contribution to transportation rights.

As the transportation landscape changes in urban areas and underserved communities, cities like LA and Sacramento are experimenting with microtransit services to meet first/last-mile needs while meeting the efficiency of fixed-route transit.

Gamifying green mobility is on its way to Austria. Vienna is piloting a new program that wants to give people credits for art, theatre, and concert events by making car-free trips.

DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute has a new report that dives into the intercity bus industry in the US, which includes public systems and private operators such as Greyhound, Megabus, and FlixBus.

Technology

Miami-Dade County residents are about to get an upgrade in accurate, real-time transit information as part of a new partnership between the Transit app and public transportation data platform Swiftly.

Great news for clean transportation infrastructure in the US! Ohio’s Smart Columbus initiative already has 826 out of 1,000 EV and hybrid charging stations installed around the seven-county region.

Alphabet’s self-driving tech arm Waymo is teaming up with UPS for a pilot program to test autonomous vehicle package pickup in the Phoenix area.

Uber’s move to get on board the self-driving car hype doesn’t mean it wants to be a complete fleet manager. Rather, they’re looking to shake up the business model with fleet investment trusts instead.

Urban Sustainability

American infrastructure is broken and unusable if it can’t service the people who need it the most: people with disabilities or mobility impairments. Read about one person’s struggle with accessibility on US streets and public spaces on The Nation.

Car-free spaces are not a new concept but applying pedestrian-and-bike-friendly practices to US cities, while also boosting multimodal options for everyone, could help Americans break up with their cars for good.

A group of architects is planning a new community near the Dutch city of Utrecht called Merwede that will be designed for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit while offering fleets of carshare and bikeshare vehicles. Ahhh.

Carmel, Indiana which was recently named one of the most bike-friendly cities by the League of American Bicyclists, has another standout feature that’s brought the traffic fatality rate to a level 83% lower than the national average: roundabouts. 120 to be exact!

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

Bedford Park RFQ is a first/last mile solution to a unique problem

The Village of Bedford Park, outside of Chicago, is an industrial suburb where jobs outnumber residents by more than 50 to 1. With the support of Cook County, the Village has been studying ways to improve workers’ commutes around the clock. A new pilot, Connect2Work, aims to increase transit connections and job access with shared mobility services. SUMC, along with team members Antero Group and the Active Transportation Alliance, is providing technical assistance for the project and encourages transportation and technology providers to apply.
View the RFQ below.

RFQ: Connect2Work
The Village of Bedford Park, Illinois
Bedford Park, Illinois
Deadline: February 14, 2020

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

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

Announcements

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

Join leaders and innovators from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors for three days of collaboration on the solutions, technology, and spaces that will define shared mobility in the years ahead.

Check out the newest speakers and preview two exciting panels!

Dorval Carter
President
Chicago Transportation Authority

Stephanie Pollack
Secretary and CEO
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 

Gary Thomas
President/Executive Director
Dallas Area Rapid Transit

John Andoh
Executive Director/CEO
The Comet: Central Midlands Transit

Jake Sion
COO
Transitapp

Tony Dutzkik
Associate Director, Sr. Policy Analyst
Frontier Group

Isaac Reichman
Director of Public Information
Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, City of Chicago

Courtney Kashima
Founding Principal
Muse Community + Design

Free Transit! and Other ‘Radical’ ideas
Transit agencies have long faced headlines of declining ridership, and buses often take the blame. But some cities are turning around both narratives with innovative interventions. This panel will feature today’s transit innovators discussing their programs and sharing real-world guidance from active projects and pilots, including KCATA’s free transit experiment, NYC’s 14th Street Busway project that closes the street to cars, IndyGo’s groundbreaking bus network redesign and marketing campaign, and Lynda Lopez’s Fair Fairs campaign to bring discounted fares for low-income transit riders in the Chicagoland region.

Moderator: Tony Garcia, Principle, Street Plans Collaborative

Panelists: Jameson Auten, Vice President, Regional Service Delivery and Innovation, KCATA
Jerome Horne, Ridership Experience Specialist, IndyGo
Aaron Sugiura, Director of Transit Policy & Planning, NYC DOT
Lynda Lopez, Advocacy Manager, Active Transportation Alliance

Local Options: How Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge Cities are Fighting Carbon Emissions
Three cities participating in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge share strategies and lessons learned in slashing greenhouse gas emissions from their local transportation systems while creating more equitable access to transportation options. The panel will begin with an overview of the American Cities Climate Challenge and how 25 U.S. cities are collectively working to meet the U.S.’ international climate change commitment through the Paris Agreement. Then three participating cities – Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; and Denver, CO – will review the transportation projects supported by the Climate Challenge that will increase mobility and combat carbon emissions.

Moderator: Mary Nicol, Climate Advisor for City of Chicago

Panelists: Julie Anderson, TDM Program Coordinator, City of Austin

Jennifer Henry, Planner, Chicago Transit Authority

Nick Williams, Deputy Chief of Staff, Public Works, City of Denver

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Uber’s response to the recently enacted AB5 gig-worker rights bill is to have select drivers set their own fares in Santa Barbara, Sacramento, and Palm Springs, CA.

Massachusetts Governor Baker has proposed raising ridehail fees from 20 cents to $1 per ride as part of the region’s new $44.6 billion budget plan to help fund transit.

After years of being left out, Lyft and Uber finally make their return as ridehailing options in Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia.

LA Metro is extending its ridehailing program with Via after seeing over 70,000 rides completed since launching last January, exceeding the expected goals.

Partnerships and Programs

Lime, DHL, Amazon, Siemens, and others have formed the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance, a new collective focused on moving EV development forward for corporate and commercial fleets in the US.

The US Department of Energy announced $300 million in funding opportunities for emerging and innovative sustainable transportation “resources and technologies”.

Bus rapid transit and pedestrian and biking enhancements are coming to Portland thanks to $87.4 million in funding from TriMet’s Division Transit Project.

The FTA wants to boost no-and-low emission buses across the country with $130 million in competitive grants for public transit. All aboard a greener bus.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

LeBron James biked his way to basketball greatness, so his company, Uninterrupted, is partnering with Lyft to give away free, one-year bikeshare memberships to disadvantaged teens around the US.

Check out this Q&A between Smart Cities Dive and Bird’s Head of Sustainability Melinda Hanson covering the future of sustainable micromobility and reclaiming streets for two wheels.

In a bid to clean up sidewalk clutter and manage dockless parking, 100 scooter parking zones will be installed in DC—not on sidewalks, but curb-side on city streets.

Speaking of parking your two wheels: if cities plan to get more people on bikes, then more dedicated, protected parking storage such as the Oonee bike facility in Brooklyn are needed so people aren’t worried about losing their green commute machine.

Transit

A new report from TransitCenter lays out the issues around Nashville’s attempted transit referendum from 2018 that led to failure, citing tight deadlines and little-to-no input from local communities as the daggers in the ballot’s back.

20 new transit lines are coming in 2020, to the US, Canada, and Mexico, and 60 more transit expansions are slated for 2026. Check out the map and locations on Transport Politic, and thanks to Overhead Wire for the story.

It’s been proven time and time again: better transit is better for everyone’s commute—even drivers. New York’s historic 14th St. Busway also shows that when you give buses their own lane, cyclists and bikeshare users can benefit from car-free streets.

If you want to get people to use more transit, you have to provide safe, functional walkways and sidewalks to transit. The Chicago Tribune points out that this is not always the case.

Technology

Check out The Verge’s exclusive look at autonomous vehicle company Cruise’s self-driving “people mover” called Origin that was designed with no steering wheel or pedals.

Uber has announced it will be testing self-driving car and HD mapping tech in DC and that the first phase of testing with human drivers to collect street data is done.

A new app called UrSafe wants to help women and sexual assault survivors feel safer while using ridehailing apps with options such as voice-activated SOS and geo-located 911 features that can be shared with close friends or family.

LAYER, a design company out of the UK, has reimagined shared ridehail trips with a new futuristic concept that pushes for sustainability, modularity, and tech-focused amenities.

Urban Sustainability

Making transit, cycling and walking more fun and enjoyable can do wonders for boosting clean transportation’s image. A few cities around the world have done this by jazzing up bus stops to look otherworldly, adding swing sets to public spaces, and using clever marketing to get people excited to use sustainable modes.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants the city to be “100 percent bicycle” and transform the city center to be as bike-and-pedestrian friendly as possible while hoping to make more streets car free.

LA officials want more “Transit-Oriented Communities” and is encouraging developers and business leaders to put more affordable housing options near Metro rail and bus lines.

Tear down a highway, watch a neighborhood transform. Congress for New Urbanism breaks down the removal of the Park East Freeway in Milwaukee that changed the area from a blighted, split community to a corridor with vibrant development.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

Bedford Park RFQ is a first/last mile solution to a unique problem

The Village of Bedford Park, outside of Chicago, is an industrial suburb where jobs outnumber residents by more than 50 to 1. With the support of Cook County, the Village has been studying ways to improve workers’ commutes around the clock. A new pilot, Connect2Work, aims to increase transit connections and job access with shared mobility services. SUMC, along with team members Antero Group and the Active Transportation Alliance, is providing technical assistance for the project and encourages transportation and technology providers to apply.
View the RFQ below.

RFQ: Connect2Work
The Village of Bedford Park, Illinois
Bedford Park, Illinois
Deadline: February 14, 2020

RFI: Transportation Network Services for Eligible Individuals with Disabilities
Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation
Deadline: February 10, 2020

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

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