The California Resilient and Innovative Mobility Initiative (CA RIMI) is a cooperative research, knowledge exchange, and technical assistance initiative led by the UC ITS and the California State University Transportation Consortium (CSUTC) and supported by other University of California campuses and California State University campuses. The CA RIMI will be a partnership consisting of academia, the State of California, regional and local governments, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and industry.
The current COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing climate change, and worsening natural disasters are transforming our state and cities. Transportation will continue to play a critical role in COVID-19 response and recovery, while also requiring thoughtful, evidence-based mitigation and preparedness strategies for future crises. California is well positioned to guide transportation innovations toward a more equitable, resilient, and environmentally sustainable future. But state, regional, and local leaders need the knowledge and tools to develop, test, evaluate, and scale resilience strategies to address both fast-evolving transportation challenges related to COVID-19 and longer-term stresses related to climate change. Formed in 2019, the CA RIMI aims to maximize opportunities and minimize the threats of rapidly evolving mobility developments to meet the state’s COVID-19 needs, prepare the state for future crises, and keep California at the global forefront of transportation innovation.
The mission of the CA RIMI is to direct transportation and mobility innovations toward the public interest through a holistic, integrated, and societal-building approach that addresses technological, environmental, resilient, and socio-economic impacts. The CA RIMI envisions developing informed, empowered, and proactive governments to anticipate future crises and innovative mobility disruptions. The CA RIMI aims to enhance California’s economic and research competitiveness across the globe and train and educate the next generation of transportation leaders for California and the world.
- Meet the immediate COVID-19 transportation needs of California through rapid research and fast-tracked technical assistance.
- Develop a long-term strategic research agenda on resilient and innovative transportation and recommend actions for the State to guide policy and investment decisions by tapping into and leveraging the University of California and California State University.
- Connect faculty, researchers, and students with government, non-profits, community groups, and the private sector through open exchange of knowledge.
- Act as a neutral convener and facilitator for information sharing and debate among stakeholders on resilient and innovative mobility problems and strategies.
- Provide on-call technical assistance and best practices on pilot projects, transportation planning, and policy development to support local, regional, and state agencies.
- Build a statewide living laboratory that supports governments to test new technology and mobility, allowing for experimentation, policy development, and transferable best practices.