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Insights from Inside: SUMC's 2018 National Shared Mobility Summit

"Cities, consultants, and other stakeholders appear to be embracing the pilot model for testing mobility solutions and proving success prior to making a major investment. "

Staged annually in the Windy City, the National Shared Mobility Summit focuses on the discussion and exploration of the latest developments in car-sharing, shared autonomous and electric vehicles, bike-sharing, e-hailing and micro-transit. Thanks to the volume of thought leaders in attendance at this year’s event, TransLoc team members walked away with seven key insights into the emerging trends within shared mobility, public-private partnerships, and collaborations across various sectors while compiling thematics that may surface as transit continues to evolve.

  • Micro-transit, as a concept, has moved beyond the “innovators” phase of adoption and may be nearing the end of the “early adopters” phase — heading straight into the early majority.

  • Micro-transit is not the silver-bullet, rather it is a vital component of the ultimate solution, one that we’ve yet to be able to fully digest.

  • Cities, consultants, and other stakeholders appear to be embracing the pilot model for testing mobility solutions and proving success prior to making a major investment.

  • Bike-sharing has a lot more clout with municipalities and planners than originally thought. It is a key component of virtually everyone’s plan for the future of mobility. However, connecting the bikes in a meaningful way to other modes of transportation seems to be a common challenge amongst these municipalities.

  • There is a huge desire to solve for having one trip planning, booking, and payment app for all modes: bikeshare, TNC, agency-owned microtransit, paratransit, taxis, fixed-route, carshare, AVs, etc.

  • Transportation and mobility plans are transitioning into a more efficient timeline. Traditional transportation plans are typically completed in 5-10 year increments. Cities are now looking at increments that can be measured in months instead.

  • As it relates to procurement, cities are starting to linger longer in the problem space. Instead of defining a solution, they’d like vendors to create it as they have traditionally done. They are defining the problem clearly then allowing the market to come up with different solutions for solving.

Reference: https://blog.transloc.com/blog/insights-from-inside-sumcs-2018-national-shared-mobility-summit

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