November 17, 2022

Industry Job and Announcements

RFP: On-Demand Microtransit Service
FlexRide Milwaukee
Deadline: November 18, 2022

NOFO: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for Transit Buses Demonstration and Automated Transit Bus Maintenance and Yard Operations Demonstration
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Deadline: November 21, 2022

RFP: Community Engagement Specialist for the Go Human Safety Strategies Project
Southern California Association of Governments
Deadline: November 29, 2022

RFP: Moving Greater Minnesota Forward, Phase 1 – Idea Development
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Deadline: December 15, 2022

NOFO: Rail Vehicle Replacement Program (Rail Program)
Federal Transit Administration
Deadline: January 5, 2023

Job Opening: Partnerships & Engagement Intern
Shared-Use Mobility Center
Deadline: Rolling

Mobility Justice

The $1-billion Reconnecting Communities Program’s historic highway removal effort is meant to support Black and low-income communities. Some agencies are proposing improvements and expansions to these structures. Nonprofit America Walks wants Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and USDOT to keep their promise.

L.A. Metro’s discount fare LIFE program nearly doubled its membership to almost 182,000. The reduced and fare-free initiative is moving in a positive direction, helping riders get around their beloved city without needing a car.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is piloting a new fare-free bus pass program with 600 low-income riders. Over the next six months, the goal is to address a gap for applicants who meet the income threshold for existing assistance programs but not all the requirements.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Birmingham On-Demand is expanding! The flexible public transit service will give new riders in the Alabama city’s East Side zone 10 free rides through the end of the year, helping them get to essential destinations like work, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Know anyone in Europe who wants to earn a little extra cash each month? Bolt has a new car-sharing feature where people can rent out their vehicles, with the program expanding to more countries before the end of the year.

Charlotte, N.C., is participating in a U.S. Department of Energy-funded project to provide low-income residents with access to an electric vehicle car-sharing program. The program will begin in July 2023 and will serve as a model for wider-scale EV sharing in underserved communities across the state

Bikesharing & Micromobility

Citi Bike found and fixed a glitch in its system. Now bike advocacy groups are asking for the return of the $3 e-bike price cap to make it more affordable for New Yorkers who complete trips between outer-boroughs.

The summertime bikeshare pilot program in Boise was a boom! Idaho’s capital city welcomed Lime’s fleet of e-bikes this month to continue offering residents and visitors affordable and sustainable options for transportation.

Santa Clara, Calif., residents will start seeing Veo’s dockless e-scooters around the city. They’ll be able to choose between seated or standing scooters, and eligible residents can get perks like a free 30-minute daily ride and waived unlock fees. Wondering how many micromobility programs are out there these days? RideReport is hoping to track and measure that for you with their Global Micromobility Index.

 

Transit

Advocates for the Roseland and other Far South Side neighborhoods in Chicago see the Red Line Extension as more than looping residents into a bustling transportation network. They also see the potential for economic growth, housing affordability, and opportunity for equity in urban America.

The future of mobility in Montréal is public transit. The metropolis celebrated the opening of Pie-IX BRT, a new rapid transit corridor connecting Saint-Martin in Laval and Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue in Montréal. The project is set to open two more stations in 2023.

Public transportation added wins on Election Day, too! Eighty percent of public transit measures were passed in 2022, from statewide initiatives in Massachusetts and Michigan to city-supporting actions in San Francisco and Arlington County, Va.

 

Technology

People took 128+ million trips on shared micromobility in North America last year. Dynamic vehicle IDs aim to protect rider travel data, and MobilityData is doing its part to encourage service providers to adopt this practice.

Transit and housing go together like peanut butter and jelly. San Francisco approved next steps to restore the century-old Potrero Bus Yard. That means a storage facility for a battery-electric bus fleet and 500+ affordable rental units for seniors, families, and single-occupant households.

This month, Miles Mobility acquired WeShare, Volkswagen’s car-sharing service, and ordered 10,000+ electric cars from Volkswagen Group brands. The vehicles will be used in Germany and Belgium as the demand for car-sharing and subscription models stays strong.

Sustainability

Have you heard of the Brookville Smart Energy Depot? It’s in Silver Spring, Md., and is the largest solar bus charging infrastructure project in the U.S. Not only is it full of innovative and groundbreaking renewable energy tech, it also supports the county’s transition to an entire zero-emission fleet by 2035.

Researchers and advocates are divided about the perils of green gentrification. Still, efforts to support climate resilience and improve air and water quality comes at a cost to cities. What can the U.S. and Europe do to minimize displacement?

Georgia Tech’s Data and Science Policy Lab researchers dug in to see how microbility time restrictions affected traffic congestion and emissions. The study found that people replace shared mobility options with passenger cars because that last mile will get you every time.

 

 

Our news picks on current shared mobility trends

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