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New Mobility: Using Technology and Partnerships to Create More Sustainable Transportation


Land development and vehicle travel continue to outpace population growth. Efforts to manage this growth and the adverse impacts associated wlth it have been mostly ineffective. Promising technology solutmns include tetecommunicat!ons (telecommuting, electromc commerce, teleconferencing, etc.), small personal vehicles (electric bikes and neighborhood vehicles); and new "smart" transport modes (car sharing, "smart" paratransit, etc.).

These options have the potential to be environmentally and econommally supertor to today’scar-dominated system. Yet none have flourished. Why? One hypothesis is that many automobile substitutes mad complements have been rejected because they have been introduced indivldually and incrementally - not as part of a coordinated transportation system

New mobility is a fundamentally new approach to this problem, focusing on mtermodal clustering of innovative technologies with exlsting transportation options to create a coordinated transportation system that could substltute for the traditional auto. The concept of new mobdity was explored at a workshop hosted by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the Universlty of California, Davls on November 2, 1998 This report describes the technologies of new mobility and suggests ways that they might be coupled together through public-private partnerships and experimentation at the local level.

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