Portal:Shared Use Mobility

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Today's New Mobility

A Bird Scooter in Santa Monica, CA.
Dockless Bikeshare (Bikeshare-news.com)


In the last decade, shared use mobility has created new travel modes like carsharing, bikesharing, services like Uber and Lyft (sometimes called Transportation Network Companies), and private shuttles (like Bay-Area tech shuttles). Transit agencies struggle with these new transportation options, since they represent competition for riders. Some transit agencies are identifying ways to co-exist with TNCs. [1] Ridesourcing/Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) use smartphone apps to connect community drivers with passengers.[2] Examples of these services include: Lyft, Uber (specifically, uberX, uberXL, and UberPool), as well as specialized services, such as Lift Hero (older adults and those with disabilities) and HopSkipDrive (rides for children either to/from school or afterschool). These services can provide many different vehicle types including: sedans, sports utility vehicles, vehicles with car seats, wheelchair accessible vehicles, and vehicles where the driver can assist older or disabled passengers. While taxis are often regulated to charge static fares, TNCs typically uses market-rate pricing, popularly known as “surge pricing” when prices usually go up during periods of high demand to incentivize more drivers to take ride requests.

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The advent of Ride-hailing services that allow smart-phone users to request taxi-style services via apps has substantially changed the mobility landscape.


Bikeshare systems have gained prominence as transportation tools in cities around the United States.

New Mobility

New first/last mile solutions, like Scooter share are being deployed in cities.


  1. "MBTA to subsidize Uber, Lyft rides for customers with disabilities." "https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/09/16/first-its-kind-partnership-mbta-subsidize-uber-and-lyft-rides-for-customers-with-disabilities/QDdHJgzg87JpwbOazyW14H/story.html"
  2. Shaheen, Susan; Cohen, Adam (April 2016). "Smartphone Applications to Influence Travel Choices: Practices and Policies". https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahop16023/fhwahop16023.pdf