Since early 2017, the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) has partnered with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to provide research and technical assistance to transit agencies around the country. SUMC facilitates the right discussions around emerging challenges related to the planning and implementation of innovative mobility projects. Through individual guidance, peer-to-peer learning, and workshops both online and in-person, we help nurture new ideas and provide targeted resources to enable their success.
Through our partnership with the FTA, we also created the Mobility on Demand (MOD) Learning Center, a continuously updated knowledge base for mobility practitioners to search for and learn about shared mobility policies and projects nationwide and access groundbreaking SUMC tools.
Current and past initiatives include:
AIM-NNet: National Program Propels Mobility Innovation in Public Transportation
In the fall of 2020, SUMC launched a partnership with FTA to establish and operate the Accelerating Innovative Mobility National Network. The Network will provide technical assistance and a knowledge-sharing platform for innovative mobility projects nationwide that include new service delivery models, creative financing, integrated payment, automated shuttles, and more. The program will also support the 25 recipients of the Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Challenge Grants.
SUMC is providing technical assistance toward the successful implementation of 25 transit projects selected by the 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.
In a partnership with FTA, SUMC provided technical assistance to six transit agencies to convert innovative mobility pilot project ideas into implementable business plans. SUMC supported the agencies by holding stakeholder workshops in their communities, sharing learning among peer practitioners and experts, and assisting with research and analysis. By facilitating clearer thinking about project goals, challenges, and resources, SUMC helped make the diverse set of Mobility on Demand (MOD) projects, which range from transit and bikeshare integration to on-demand accessible services to mobility-as-a-service, feasible and ready for application.
SUMC led the MOD Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator, which provided a structured community for transit agencies in the FTA MOD Sandbox program to exchange ideas, discuss challenges that emerged while implementing mobility pilot projects, and share solutions. Through hands-on workshops, peer-to-peer facilitation, research, and web-based learning resources, SUMC helped the pilots to be successful and created a knowledge-sharing environment for the broader transit and shared mobility community around mobility innovation.