EV Car Sharing and Mobility Hubs in Affordable Housing Pilot

Electric vehicle plugged into a charging station

A mobility revolution is underway, with electric vehicles (EVs), bike sharing, 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.

With funding from the California Air Resources Board, TransForm is partnering with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to bring EV car sharing, EV charging infrastructure, and other travel options to three affordable housing communities in Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose. The exact design of each mobility hub is based on residents’ needs to ensure that the mobility hubs are effectively tailored to each community.

As of Spring 2022 the project team is focused on implementation efforts, including introducing car share and, transit discounts, along withand ride share credits  and bike share to our sites, in addition to prioritizing safe and socially distant engagement with site level teams and residents.

See a map of project locations.

What is a Mobility Hub? 

Mobility hubs are places in a community that bring together public transit, bike share, car share, and other ways for people to get where they want to go. They are meant to be easy, affordable, and accessible to many people.

Primary goals of the project include:

  • Increasing access for low-income residents 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.
  • Reducing transportation costs for residents.
  • Reducing greenhouse gasses 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.

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Community Needs Assessment Report cover Community Needs Assessment

Prior to implementing car sharing and mobility hubs services, the project team led a community transportation needs assessment process in 2020 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.

California Climate Investments logoCar Sharing and Mobility Hubs in Affordable Housing is funded by California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.