Using Maps and Online Tools to Operationalize Equity in Shared Mobility Services

Amanda Howell, University of Oregon

Co-investigator:

Summary:

This project translates research into practice through developing two practitioner-ready tools using findings from NITC project #1401 “Mobility for the People: Evaluating Equity Requirements in Shared Mobility Programs”. In “Mobility for the People,” we confirmed our hypotheses that while many US cities implement shared mobility program equity requirements, specific requirements range dramatically. In addition, many requirements are not supported by data collection efforts and evaluation metrics needed to assess the efficacy of equity requirements in practice. We conclude that many shared mobility programs face a disconnect between program goals, design, and evaluation, which hampers equity outcomes assessments and limits the potential to iterate pilot programs to deliver more equitable services.

“Mobility for the People” deliverables included a comprehensive database of equity requirements across 267 US shared mobility programs, and an Equity Evaluation Framework for cities to evaluate their current shared mobility equity requirements. In their current forms, however, both the database and Evaluation Framework remain static resources that may pose challenges for individual cities to quickly learn from, apply to their own program(s), and implement best practices in order to operationalize equity in shared mobility programs. This project will produce two concrete products: an interactive Shared Mobility Equity Map and a Shared Mobility Equity Evaluation Tool. The Map will clearly communicate to practitioners, researchers, and mobility companies the wide array of shared mobility programs across the US, what equity requirements each imposes, and will enable interactive searching and filtering to fit one’s needs and questions. The Tool will provide a customized interface for agencies, departments, and other organizations that regulate, permit, or operate shared mobility programs to identify both the strengths and shortcomings of their own shared mobility equity requirements, and offer targeted recommendations for how to improve their program(s). Together these products will provide long-lasting guidance to practitioners to advance equitable outcomes from shared mobility programs now and in the future.

Project Details

Project Type:
Technology Transfer
Project Status:
In Progress
End Date:
June 30,2022
UTC Grant Cycle:
NITC 16 Translate Research to Practice
UTC Funding:
$42,578