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) to launch a groundbreaking new project funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The project will implement three mobility hubs at affordable housing developments in Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose. The mobility hubs will include an electric vehicle car sharing program and a mix of additional mobility options based on residents’ needs, such as transit passes and bike sharing. Residents will shape the design and implementation of the project every step of the way, to ensure that the mobility hubs are effectively tailored to each community.
Primary goals of the project include:
- Increasing access for low-income residents and disadvantaged communities to economic opportunity, medical facilities, schools, parks, grocery stores, and other daily needs.
- Providing tailored clean mobility options to address resident needs identified through a community transportation needs assessment and to meet equity goals.
- Reducing greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants through the combination of reduced vehicle trips and use of electric vehicles rather than internal combustion engine vehicles.
- Reducing private vehicle ownership and vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
- Reducing transportation costs for residents.
- Informing cities and developers of best practices for right-sized parking and mobility options for affordable housing developments.
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. Another key outcome of this project is to learn what works, and what barriers to anticipate for future projects.
The project has ambitious goals, and we are working with an experienced team. The Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC), a key project partner, is lending their expertise from launching EV car sharing 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, mobility vendors, and community groups.
TransForm is leading project design and implementation, and MTC is responsible for project administration and oversight, dissemination of lessons learned, and integration of lessons into regional programs.
As of fall 2020 the project team is focused on implementation efforts, including introducing car share and bike share to our sites, in addition to prioritizing safe and socially distant engagement with site level teams and residents.
Prior to implementing car sharing and mobility hubs services, the project team led a community transportation needs assessment process to understand residents’ current travel behavior and identify their transportation needs and challenges. Conducting a needs assessment is a valuable first step and empowers residents to shape the clean transportation investments happening in their communities.
The project team produced a Community Transportation Needs Assessment Report to document the needs assessment process in detail, summarize key findings, and share lessons learned. This report can serve as a helpful resource for other organizations considering conducting a transportation needs assessment in their own communities. Learn more about our experience with the needs assessment on our blog.
Interested in getting involved, or learning more about the project? Please contact Joy Massey, Program Manager.