The Shared-Use Mobility Center is a public-interest organization dedicated to achieving universal, affordable, and sustainable mobility in urban and metropolitan regions of the US through the efficient sharing of transportation assets. Through piloting programs, conducting new research, and providing policy and technical expertise to cities and regions, SUMC seeks to extend the benefits of shared mobility for all.
Transportation has become the number one source of carbon pollution in the United States. It is the second largest expense for most families after housing, and lack of reliable access to a car, bus, or train is one of the biggest barriers to employment for Americans today.
New forms of shared mobility – such as bikesharing, carsharing, and ridehailing – offer new opportunities to address some of the most critical issues facing society. In combination with public transit, shared mobility is a powerful tool that cities can use to help reduce transportation costs; lessen air pollution; and expand access to jobs, opportunity, and a better quality of life. But to fully realize these benefits – and truly address poverty, climate change and racial inequalities – these new modes must work for everyone.
That’s why the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s mission is focused on bringing together the public, private industry, and local communities to forge partnerships, develop resources, and advance new solutions in order to reduce reliance on private automobiles and increase access to environmentally sound, cost-effective transportation options for all.
SUMC is uniquely suited to foster the advancement of the industry by keeping the focus on innovation. SUMC captures trends in new modes, supports research, shapes policy, transfers knowledge and educates academics, policymakers and other stakeholders.
SUMC’s primary roles in this quickly evolving sector include:
- Knowledge creation,
- Practical knowledge deployment,
- Convening and connecting,
- Demonstrating the potential of innovative technologies. …