The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) was seeking to learn from national experience and the current state of the practice to advise the Baltimore Region’s jurisdictions on potential opportunities to integrate New and Shared Mobility services into local communities, through effective policy, including development review guidance.
Kittelson led a team that investigated the conditions New and Shared Mobility service providers look for based on place types of the region. Precedents and examples from other regions were organized around each regional jurisdiction’s policies, planned development, and built environment. This project explored how land use, transportation system design, and operational policies of local jurisdictions and private developers can create an environment where these emerging services and modes can help meet area transportation needs and goals.
In addition to a review of available best practices literature, the team interviewed private mobility companies, documented first-hand knowledge of implementing these programs in jurisdictions nationwide, and produced case studies relevant to the expressed needs and concerns voiced by jurisdiction officials and the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board Technical Committee. This builds on work Kittelson is providing in data-driven dockless vehicle and shared mobility planning and program design in the region.
Designing Strategies to Integrate New and Shared Mobility Services into Local Communities
The Kittelson team paired our unique experience with private mobility companies with interviews to design development-appropriate decision-making strategies, including infrastructure provision and management including curb use; sidewalk and trail networks; review of mobility company business models and ways to manage supply, operations, and data mining potential of partnerships.