Shuttles find niche in Austin’s ride-hailing market 

Capital MetroA Capital Metro “Pickup” driver helps a passenger out of the Pickup shuttle. CapMetro’s ride-hailing pilot Pickup has seen growth since beginning operations in June. By Sebastian Herrera Austin Statesman,  sherrera@statesman.com Nov 2017  On a recent morning at the Mueller Market District in North Austin, Lynda Williams’ sky blue shuttle rolled to a stop in front of the H-E-B store, parking among the …

EV carsharing companies to watch, also research on Uber/Lyft affect on transit and auto use

Recent research on the risks of TNCs to transit, congestion, and GHG increase cited on NYTimes.com Researchers at the U.C. Davis Institute of Transportation Studies surveyed 2,000 people about their travel behavior in seven major metro areas, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and including people who live in their suburbs and those who don’t use these services. Results suggest that ride-hailing …

India committed to the transport transition, in Delhi, 85% of the city’s 700,000 rickshaws are electric

Anuradha Sengupta in Yes! Magazine, 4 Oct 2017  It is about 6 p.m. in New Town, a satellite township of Kolkata, India. As the daylight dims, streetlights flicker on. Chintu Mondal has parked his blue-and-red electric rickshaw near a new, swanky glass-and-steel building. Very soon, the offices inside will disgorge hundreds of employees looking for rides home. Taxis here are hard to …

“It’s the cost efficiencies…”

The Financial Times Limited 2017, on Medium.  Uber: the triumph of wallet over spirit:  ‘I am quietly pleased London has taken a stand because, frankly, I wasn’t going to’  A taxi driver put his thumbs up outside Paddington Station in London — Photo by Lauren Hurley/PA Images via Getty Images By Robert Shrimsley The new greengrocer on our high street seems to have given up …

Land Use levers to prevent increased pollution and sprawl with mobility on demand

Excerpt from Giovanni Circella et al., UC-Davis The most important policy levers to mitigate against more sprawl and environmental damage will be pricing. There are several types of effective pricing mechanisms that are recommended: Pricing mobility: Pricing travel by VMT, vehicle size and incentivizing increased vehicle occupancy, while strongly dis-incentivizing zero occupancy trips will send the necessary signals that use of …

Shared mobility research

TCRP J-11/TASK 21 Research Analysis Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit Key Findings: The more people use shared modes, the more likely they are to use public transit, own fewer cars, and spend less on transportation overall. Shared modes complement public transit, enhancing urban mobility. Shared modes will continue to grow in significance, and public entities should identify opportunities …

Uber Movement

StateScoop – Platform Needs Some Work Before Government Can Get Excited – excerpt Boston Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge had when reviewing Uber Movement, the ride hailing company’s first attempt at an open data platform to help transportation planners and researchers: Uber’s new website, launched last month, presents visitors with a map to compare trip times between different sections of cities and do comparisons to see …

Rural California ‘Uber’ like service starting with a Tesla

By Laura Bliss on CityLab In tiny Cantua Creek, residents peer into the ride of the community’s future. Laura Bliss/CityLab A farmworker’s hamlet in a sea of almond trees, Cantua Creek, California sits 22 miles from the nearest grocery store, 30 miles from the hospital, and 50 miles from the courthouse. When the county bus to Fresno makes its infrequent stops …

Transit-TNC partnerships in Canada and the US Orlando are subsidizing Uber rides for first and last mile

The Verge, 1 Sept 2016 excerpt As Bloomberg noted in August 2016, both Uber and Lyft have been striking agreements with transit agencies, mostly for so-called “first-last mile” programs — meant to shuttle commuters to bus or train stations. Since last year, Uber has scored public transit agreements with San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, among other cities. Uber and Lyft …

8 Bright Ideas for Driverless Cities

By Laura Bliss, 12 May 2017, City Lab Could self-driving cars bring on more affordable housing? Should car companies slap a “warning label” on private autos? At a national summit of mobility leaders, some big thoughts came up. It’s not easy to plan for a world-changing technology that’s both 4 and 40 years away.  But that was the charge to the …