Ecosystem of Shared Mobility Services in the San Joaquin Valley

In rural areas like the San Joaquin Valley (SJV), long travel distances and low development densities contribute to transit service that is often infrequent and hard to access, despite its high-cost. High-poverty levels in the SJV lead to low auto availability, which leaves many residents without access to jobs, health care, education, healthy food, and other basic services. UC Davis, in partnership with eight SJV Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the California Department of Transportation, conducted a study to identify shared-use alternatives to traditional transit that would reduce per trip transit costs and increase overall accessibility in rural disadvantaged communities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Using this information, a pilot project began in order to support a suite of shared mobility services in five communities in the SJV where provision of transit is costly and services are extremely limited. Locations and concepts were selected based on their potential to reduce operating costs, improve mobility and access in rural disadvantaged communities, and provide models that can be exported throughout the Valley and the State. Dr. Rodier will assist with coordination and management of the overall project, lead the research evaluation of the pilot projects, and support outreach and education. UC Davis researchers will conduct focus groups to explore concerns, barriers to use, and ultimately improve the pilot design. The team will also develop promotional and informational materials and a website for education, recruitment, and outreach. In addition, three focus groups with program users and drivers will be conducted at each site to identify concerns and potential improvements in the program. Researchers will them perform a research evaluation for the pilot projects, using data from surveys, bus ridership (e.g., operational costs, vehicle miles traveled), as well as their new carsharing reservation system.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $420000
  • Contract Numbers:

    CARB G16-LDPL-02

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Air Resources Board

    1001 I St
    Sacramento, California  United States  95814

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Rodier, Caroline

  • Start Date: 20180521
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01691498
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: CARB G16-LDPL-02
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2019 2:43PM