On June 13, 2018 the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC, the Bay Area’s transportation planning, financing, and coordinating agency) allocated $1.2 million under the Climate Initiatives Program to implement the strategies recommended in the attached report; “Bay Area Carsharing Implementation Strategy”, completed in Spring 2018.
The Carsharing Implementation Strategy documents were outlined in a report to MTC’s Board the development and current state of carsharing in the Bay Area, explores regional challenges and opportunities as they apply to various carsharing business models (round-trip, one-way, and peer-to-peer), presents findings from interviews and workshops with stakeholders in the region, and provides specific strategies to support the expansion of carsharing. The Carsharing Strategy is intended to identify opportunities to grow carsharing membership and usage in the Bay Area as a method of reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips and vehicles miles traveled, with the overall goal of reducing greenhouse gases.
Findings from the report were presented under Resolution Numbers 4035, Revised and 4202, Revised, and the following four strategies to support carshare were proposed and funded:
The Implementation Strategy is part of MTC’s Climate Initiatives Program, an element of Plan Bay Area 2040, the region’s sustainable communities strategy and regional transportation plan, which is focused on investing in strategies that contribute to achieving the region’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by reducing transportation-related emissions and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and encouraging the use of cleaner fuels.
The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) collaborated with Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and our colleagues at UrbanTrans North America to author the Strategy.