Policy Brief Series on Definitions, Impacts, and Recommendations for Shared Mobility

Research Team: Susan Shaheen and Elliot Martin

UC Campus(es): UC Berkeley

Problem Statement: Since 2010, the rapid emergence of shared mobility services has led to more options for the traveling public but also confusion about how best to regulate them. Shared mobility is an innovative transportation strategy that enables short-term access to transportation modes on an “as-needed” basis. It includes carsharing; personal vehicle sharing; bikesharing; scooter sharing; shuttle services; microtransit; ridesharing; e-Hail (taxis); and ridesourcing/ride-hailing transportation network companies (TNCs). It can also include courier network services (CNS) or flexible goods delivery. Given the growing range of innovative mobility options, local, regional, and state governments need a framework for best practices in shared mobility policies.

Project Description: The final report is a compilation of 8 policy briefs that help to clarify emerging terms and best practices for policymakers amidst the fast-paced developments of the shared mobility field. Each brief includes a presentation of research findings, description of the research approach, and recommendations for the California Legislature. Policymakers and legislatures can refer to these briefs for digestible explanations of research findings and suggestions of ways to apply research to improve California’s transportation system

Status: Completed

Budget: $45,000