Micromobility Operators Call for Better Links to Transit

For shared mobility to succeed, systems must tap into the connectivity and funding potential offered by closer collaboration with public transit.

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March 4, 2024, 12:00 PM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Blue and white Pittsburgh bike share bikes lined up at a station with a red city bus on street in background.

Bike share station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. | Lee / Adobe Stock

Leaders in the shared bike and scooter industry are renewing a call to better integrate micromobility with public transit to connect to public funding and create more comprehensive transit networks.

Writing in GovTech, Skip Descant describes the experiences shared by micromobility operators from around the country in a North American Bikeshare and Scootershare Association (NABSA) webinar.

In Eugene, Oregon, the nonprofit-operated bike share system relies on fare revenue for 25 percent of its income, while the rest comes from a combination of local, state, and federal sources. “In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) invested some $20 million from its transportation electrification initiative — which generally funds the acquisition of e-buses or other forms of electrifying transportation — toward the Bay Wheels bike-share program.” E-bikes are becoming a popular addition to shared mobility fleets, making them more inclusive and accessible for more riders.

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