Carsharing & Clean Mobility Options Incentive Programs in Disadvantaged Communities
Programs in this category are intended to help launch carsharing services that use clean transportation options, including plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or battery electric vehicles (BEV), and serve disadvantaged, low-income, and tribal communities. Often these programs help facilitate transit access in the cases where the final destination of an individual or family who uses public transportation is located too far away from the endpoint of the transit route – people can drive station cars to complete the final leg of their trip.
How Carsharing Works
Carsharing services allow individuals to use cars on a short-term (hourly or daily), as-needed basis, paying only for the time they use the car and the mileage they drive. The operators of the service provide vehicle maintenance, repair, and insurance. Carsharing allows individuals to gain the benefits of using a private car without the costs and responsibilities of owning a car. After reserving a vehicle, program members can pick-up and return a car at designated locations. When the person is done using the car, they return it to its home parking space, lock it, and leave it for the next user.
The Benefits of Carsharing
Carsharing saves money – owning a private vehicle, while convenient, can be expensive (monthly payments, gasoline, oil changes and maintenance, parking, and insurance)
Alternative transportation modes are often considered, resulting in increased use of public transit, biking, and walking
Metropolitan Transportation Commission, $2,250,000 (CARB Contribution)
Affordable Housing Developments in Richmond, Oakland, and San Jose
Carshare and mobility hub services are in the design phase of development and focused on better understanding residents’ clean transportation and mobility needs, travel behavior, and related concerns in their communities.
Community transportation needs assessments were completed at each housing development in the summer of 2019 to ensure the selected mobility mix addresses the unique needs of residents. 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.
A COVID-19 travel behavior assessment was conducted in early 2021 to gather community data on how the pandemic and economic downturn may have shifted transportation needs to allow for carshare and mobility investments to better serve residents.
Carshare and supporting services are anticipated to launch in 2021 and will provide community mobility hubs with tailored clean transportation and mobility options such as electric vehicle carsharing, bikesharing, e-scooter sharing, and free transit passes based on needs assessment findings.
San Joaquin Valley APCD, $3,119,000 (CARB Contribution)
Serves disadvantaged communities throughout San Joaquin Valley
Pilot includes 3 components:
Miocar is an affordable all electric carsharing service serving 8 affordable housing complexes in rural Tulare and Kern counties, with 27 electric vehicles
The VAMOS Mobility as a Service (Maas) app which is a transportation-planning app that maximizes trip efficiency across the San Joaquin Valley and includes electric carsharing reservations (MioCar), EV ride-hailing (VOGO), bike routes, bus routes, and the option to pay transit fares
VOGO (Volunteer Ride-hailing) – Volunteers on the Go (VOGO) is a ride-hailing service offering free rides to underserved members of the community that cannot drive themselves or because other transit options are not available in the rural disadvantaged community census tracts