Improving transit and shared mobility service and access in rural disadvantaged communities

Conclusions from Caroline Rodier et al. 2018 In general, the pilot concepts and locations were selected by the eight MPOs for implementation because they could be supported by redirecting funding from current underperforming transit services, showed significant promise for improving mobility and access in rural disadvantaged communities, and could be replicated in other communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley. MPOs …

Through new shared services state and local agencies and orgs can chip away at mobility needs and services, even in low-income, rural areas

Mayor Rey Leon of Huron California had the following point to add to shared mobility principles… Shared Mobility Principle 11. WE SUPPORT COMMUNITY COST-EFFECTIVE INDIGENOUS MODELS OF VOLUNTEER-BASED TRANSPORT AND NOT A COLONIAL APPROACH OF IMPOSING A CAR-SHARING SERVICE WITH A FOCUS ON PROFITS. Rural communities in the Central California farmworker communities have been ride-sharing before it was sexy. Due …

City green transport planning: Promote shared-use EVs, create a robust system of multiple efficient modes, & ensure smart, optimized use of public space

Shruti Vaidyanathan, GreenBiz, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Autonomous vehicles could help cities address their climate goals, if they start planning now Cities need to lay the groundwork now for the arrival of autonomous vehicles (AVs) to ensure that AVs contribute to rather than detract from their transportation and climate objectives. An ACEEE toolkit highlights fundamental strategies that cities can pursue and gives …

LA seeking to regulate Uber and Lyft, require electric vehicles and data-sharing

Los Angeles Looks to Require Ride Share Companies to Use Electric Cars. The Financial Times is reporting that Los Angeles wants to require Uber and Lyft to use electric cars. Mayor Garcetti said: “We have the power to regulate car share. We can mandate and are looking closely at mandating that any of those vehicles in the future be electric.” …

How Much Traffic Do Uber and Lyft Cause?

 AUG 5, 2019 After the 2008 economic crash, Americans began driving less. But it didn’t last long: In every year since 2013, U.S. drivers have packed on more miles behind the wheel. This rise in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT, in wonk-speak) can be seen and felt in the nation’s metropolises. Congestion on major arteries like L.A.’s I-405 or San Francisco’s Geary Boulevard …

Learning From Uber and Lyft: The Case for Passenger Experience in Transit

Yann Leriche Jun 11 2019 Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are now established transport providers, offering single ride or shared ride (Uber POOL, Lyft Line) options. Marketed as new mobility options that would reduce car ownership and congestion in cities, TNCs have not proven to solve these societal problems. Actually, ridesourcing companies have likely increased vehicle miles traveled, …

ITF Decarbonising Transport. Also, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) success factors for integrated mobility solutions

With technologies today, we can definitely reduce transport emissions 30% with existing technologies (instead of letting transport emissions increase by at least 50%) by 2050. 60% projected growth means we have an increasing challenge. Netherlands has a 49% reduction target by 2030. Start directing message to how you get there and build public support. Not every company has the same …

Lyft Offers Portland Drivers Free EV Charging

June 2nd, 2019 by Steve Hanley  Until Lyft and Uber can replace all of their drivers with robotaxis, both are encouraging their employees independent contractors to drive plug-in hybrid or battery electric cars. According to Mashable, starting in July, Lyft drivers in Portland, Oregon, will be able to recharge their plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or fully electric (BEV) cars for free. There are currently five EV charging …

A quarter of American workers are now gig workers. In NYC half of Uber drivers are supporting families with children, 40% are on Medicaid

The gig is up: America’s booming economy is built on hollow promises Robert Reich Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trump’s anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselves Sun 2 Jun 2019, The Guardian  Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to …