New strategies for transportation: Data as a Service, Mobility/Transportation as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

New digital technology offers new opportunities for smart and emission-free mobility that saves energy, emissions, space, time and money. Creating more efficient flow of people and goods emission-free in city and what business models and policy tools we need for large-scale deployment of intelligent mobility? The DOT must position itself as a platform for mobility innovation that supports greater mode options …

This summer LA DOT launched carsharing for low income community

Shared Use Mobility Center, June 2017 In June Los Angeles officials cut the ribbon on a 5-car demonstration site as part of the kick-off for “BlueLA,” a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric carsharing fleets into disadvantaged communities.  BlueLA – which will scale to 100 electric vehicles (EVs) and 200 charge points at 40 …

Egypt adds bikelanes and launches bike-sharing

Egypt Independent,  25 July 2017 In an attempt to encourage cycling culture in Egypt, Cairo’s Governor Atef Abdel Hamid signed this week a protocol with the UN Human Settlement Programme to dedicate bicycle lanes and routes all over Cairo’s heavily packed streets, in order to introduce the very first bike-sharing service in Egypt. As part of Egypt’s plan to develop …

Microtransit: Lyft Shuttle is a bus

By Alison Griswold, On Quartz, 13 July 2017 Lyft explains why Shuttle, its most bus-like service, is not, in fact, a bus Welcome to microtransit. (AP Images/Josh Edelson) The new service Lyft is testing in Chicago and San Francisco is unlike anything the company has tried before. It can still be hailed on-demand at the touch of a button and it groups …

The more people use shared modes, the more likely they are to use public transit, own fewer cars and spend less on transportation overall

From the Shared Use Mobility Center While there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to creating effective P3s, the speakers drew from their own experiences to offer real-life examples and discuss what it takes to make such arrangements successful, from formulating ideas to structuring contracts and managing procurement. Justin Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications & Public Policy, Zipcar; Dani …

If you can’t get rid of cars (or gas vehicles) in the city center, get rid of parking

FastCompany June 2017 All Oslo wanted to do was lighten its environmental footprint. But the Norwegian capital’s noble goal—to cut greenhouse gas emissions down to 95% of their 1990 levels by 2030—necessitated restricting car traffic. And that’s where the troubles began. Transit accounts for 61% of Oslo’s carbon emissions; private cars are responsible for 39% of that total. So in 2015, …

Create a shared mobility report for your neighborhood. Build a mobiilty hub (see directions). Also new rideshare pick-up suggestions smooth the ride

By Shared Use Mobility Center, Tim Frisbie, 26 June 2017 Wouldn’t it be great if you could quickly create a report showing all the shared mobility infrastructure in a specific neighborhood? And what if you could add other data layers, too, such as average housing costs, job density and vehicle ownership rates? Good news – you can do all the …

Can an App Increase Carpooling? Contra Costa Agency’s Partnership with Scoop Aims To Find Out: Transportation agency will pay $2 per ride to sponsor residents who use the ride-finder application

Theo Douglas is a staff writer for Government Technology, 26 May 2017 Contra Costa County, Calif., hasn’t found a resolution yet to the workweek gridlock that snarls highway traffic across the Bay Area, but one of its public agencies is in the early stages of another pilot aimed at convincing commuters to become part of a potential solution. On Monday, …