SUMC provides guidance to transportation leaders in regions across the US on a variety of project tasks, such as crafting and releasing requests for proposals, managing vendor negotiations, selecting vehicle locations, creating pricing structures, incorporating guidance from community-based organizations, and building stakeholder and community support.

If you are interested in hiring us to provide technical leadership or support for a pilot project or public-private partnership in your city, town or region, please contact our Director of Research and Consulting, Colin Murphy, at

Our current and past projects include:

FTA Mobility on Demand Innovation & Knowledge Accelerator

SUMC is leading the Federal Transit Administration’s Mobility on Demand (MOD) Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator (IKA) project, which provides a structured community where participants in MOD Sandbox pilots can exchange ideas, discuss lessons learned and offer mutual support. SUMC’s work includes facilitating a project stakeholder forum, providing targeted technical assistance to project stakeholders and developing resources for use by the wider MOD field.

FTA Mobility on Demand On-Ramp

The MOD On-Ramp program is a partnership between SUMC and the FTA providing technical assistance to six transit agencies developing innovative MOD pilot projects. The selected participants receive support to conduct workshops in their communities and set parameters for projects; collaborate and share learning with peer agencies and experts; use research and analysis from SUMC; identify resources to meet challenges; and develop feasible MOD business plans.

Los Angeles: Low-Income Electric Carsharing Pilot

Launched on April 20th, 2018, SUMC served as lead technical partner for BlueLA, a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase mobility choices by adding approximately 300 electric and hybrid carsharing vehicles and 500 charging stations in disadvantaged communities in and around Central Los Angeles. SUMC provided in-depth technical assistance and project coordination services from initial conception to current construction activities as well as facilitated a local Steering Committee to help ensure that the project is relevant and accessible to residents from a wide range of backgrounds. A case study of  the Blue LA pilot’s first phase, through Spring 2019, is available in the MOD Learning Center.

Fresno County, California: Green Raiteros Pilot Project

SUMC provided technical assistance to support the design and launch of the Green Raiteros program, a volunteer ridesharing service in the rural community of Huron, California. Led by Valley LEAP (Latino Environmental Advancement & Policy), Green Raiteros provides low-cost, social service rides in zero-emission electric vehicles to the community’s low-income farmworkers. SUMC prepared a Business Plan for Green Raiteros and provided extensive technical assistance around business plan implementation, EV charging infrastructure, marketing, and partnerships.

National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) MOD Solutions for Persons with Disabilities and Older Adults

The Shared-Use Mobility Center is working with the NCMM to more fully consider the needs of riders with disabilities and older adults in MOD and Shared-Use Mobility Services.  The work under this project supports the identification and implementation of policies and practices related to shared-use mobility services, along with the considerations and needs for these riders.

Fresno Clean Shared Mobility Network 

SUMC is helping to lead the development of a $10 million public-private partnership to deploy electric vehicle (EV) carsharing, ridesharing, bikesharing, and vanpooling services in the disadvantaged communities of downtown and Southwest Fresno, to be funded by the State Strategic Growth Council through its Transformative Climate Communities program. SUMC convened and negotiated partnerships between the City, community-based organizations, and private sector operators.  SUMC will provide technical assistance around partnerships, site selection, EV charging infrastructure development, marketing and operations beginning in Fall 2018 and throughout the three-year project.

EVgo Equal Access Charging Hubs (EACH) 

SUMC is supporting electric vehicle charging provider EVgo’s EACH program by evaluating eight DC fast-charge hubs that support shared and electric mobility services in seven pollution-burdened, disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and San Diego, California.

Chicago Peer-to-Peer Carsharing Pilot

SUMC managed a two-year pilot project to explore peer-to-peer (P2P) carsharing in the Chicago metropolitan area. In P2P carsharing, owners rent their vehicles to other people for an hourly rate. The pilot explored the impact of P2P in three specific community types: low-density neighborhoods, low and moderate-income neighborhoods, and closed-network communities.

This pilot was a partnership between SUMC, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and Getaround. Launched and overseen by SUMC, the project was was funded through a Federal Highway Administration grant administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation, with additional funding support from CNT.