Most cars remain parked and unused for over 90% of the day. And more than 4 out of 5 car trips are made by people who drive alone, leaving literally hundreds of millions of car seats empty every day. All of this inefficiency means more climate pollution, gridlock traffic, and expensive driving habits for households who may not be able to afford them.
But new tech-enabled services – from car and bike sharing, real-time carpooling, and all the apps in between – have incredible potential to solve our cities’ transportation problems. Enabled by technologies like smartphones and GPS, these innovations can help us overcome transportation inefficiencies while also connecting people to opportunity, reducing car ownership and solo car trips, and greatly reducing our greenhouse gas pollution.
But shared mobility should truly be shared by all - and it shouldn’t leave people behind.
We believe that shared mobility and tech-enabled innovations can be a critical tool in increasing transportation choices, but only if they are leveraged to serve every community – especially people with disabilities, low-income residents, and communities of color that have all too often been excluded from safe and reliable transportation networks.
Our goal is to see people of all incomes, backgrounds, neighborhoods, and abilities benefiting from new mobility solutions. That’s why we are partnering with local leaders, the private sector, and grassroots organizations to bridge the gap and connect people with shared mobility options to help them get around. Through projects like Oakland Shared Mobility for All, and Just Transit SF (which provides incentives and information to promote transit use in San Francisco), TransForm is working to create new models that promote equity and reduce carbon pollution.
We are also weighing in on state legislation and guidelines to bring the benefits of shared mobility to all corners of California.