A mobility revolution is underway, with bike sharing, electric vehicles, and numerous other technologies offering new ways to get around. But the people who need a revolution the most — low-income communities and communities of color — have the least access to clean and affordable new mobility options.
That is why TransForm is partnering with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to launch a groundbreaking new project funded by the California Air Resources Board. The project will provide community mobility hubs that include solar electric vehicle (EV) car sharing, e-bikes, free transit passes, and other transportation benefits to low-income residents based at three affordable housing sites in Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose.
Residents will help guide the program design from the outset, including undertaking a thorough needs assessment to tailor the specific mix of mobility options offered at each site.
Primary goals of the project include:
- Increasing mobility for low-income residents to access economic opportunity, medical facilities, schools, parks, grocery stores and other daily needs.
- Reducing private vehicle ownership and transportation costs for residents.
- Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a combination of reduced vehicle trips and the use of electric vehicles.
- Improving health through the promotion of active lifestyles and lower criteria pollutants.
- Informing cities and developers of best practices for right-sized parking and other mobility options for affordable housing developments.
Program roll-out will vary between the three sites, as we follow the lead of community members at each location. A key outcome of this project is to learn what works, and what barriers to anticipate for future projects.
In the long-term, this pilot will help us identify effective mobility options and best practices, so that affordable and market-rate housing developers can include these options and build less parking in future projects. Less parking can dramatically lower the cost of both transportation and housing, in part by creating more space and funds for homes within a given building. In this way, the strategies from this project can serve as one more way to help stem the tide of displacement in our communities.
The project has ambitious goals and a short, 24-month timeline. Fortunately, we are working with an experienced team. The Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC), a key project partner, will lend their expertise from launching EV carsharing in low-income communities in Los Angeles and other similar efforts.
Our three phenomenal site partners include:
- East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) at Lion Creek Crossing, Oakland
- First Community Housing (FCH) at Betty Ann Gardens, San Jose
- Richmond Community Foundation and the City of Richmond at Nystrom Village, Richmond
Additional partners include cities, transit agencies, and community groups.
TransForm is leading on implementation, but with tremendous support from MTC/ABAG staff, who will be responsible for project administration and oversight, dissemination of lessons learned, and integration of lessons into regional programs.
Interested in getting involved, or learning more about the project? Please contact Joy Massey, GreenTRIP Project Manager.