Mobility Hubs

Mobility Hubs are places of connectivity where different travel options – walking, biking, transit, and shared mobility – come together. They provide an integrated suite of mobility services, amenities, and supporting technologies to better connect high-frequency transit to an individual's origin of destination. A mobility hub can span one, two, or few miles to provide on-demand travel choice for short trips around a community.

San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan will include a network of "right sized" Mobility Hubs that are situated close to major residential and job centers. Mobility Hubs enhance connections to and from existing transit and new high-speed, high-frequency services in the Transit Leap. Mobility Hubs will integrate with Complete Corridors to offer several roadway features - wireless electric vehicle charging, smart parking, and flexibly managed curb space. Flexible Fleets can be used throughout a Mobility Hub to provide a wide range of on-demand travel options that improve access to transit and other community destinations. 

Download an informational flier about Mobility Hubs (English | Español).
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Sample mobility hub services, amenities, and technologies include: bikeshare, carshare, neighborhood electric vehicles, bike parking, dynamic parking management strategies, real-time traveler information, real-time ridesharing, microtransit services, bike and pedestrian improvements, wayfinding, and urban design enhancements. These features help travelers connect to regional transit services and make short trips within the neighborhood and beyond. Integration of information technology helps travelers find, access, and pay for transit and on-demand shared mobility services. In the future, automated and connected transportation services may enhance mobility for travelers of all ages and abilities while fostering a safer environment for all mobility hub users.

Mobility hubs may result in a number of benefits:

  • Increased transportation choices for residents, employees, and visitors
  • Decreased dependence on the private automobile
  • Reduced traffic congestion

Two recent planning efforts have applied the mobility hub concept within our region:

                                                

Mobility Hubs Webinar
On July 24, 2019 SANDAG hosted a webinar with Dylan Jones from Gensler Mobility Lab and Kate Wagoner from Passport. View the webinar recording and explore how Mobility Hubs enhance the movement of people and goods. Closed captions are available in English and Spanish. 

View responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from this webinar and learn more about the 5 Big Moves webinar series.
  
Features
  • Walking and biking infrastructure

    Safe and comfortable places for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike, scoot, and move around their community. This includes offering secure parking options for bikes, scooters, and other devices.

  • Shared mobility

    Travel options that share the ride with other travelers, or use a shared vehicle such as transit, on-demand rideshare, carshare, micromobility solutions such as dockless scooters and bikes, neighborhood electric vehicles, shared autonomous shuttles, and other Flexible Fleets.

  • Support services

    Real-time travel information, electric vehicle and e-bike charging, multimodal wayfinding, parcel delivery lockers, mobile retail services, and passenger loading areas.

  • Intelligent Transportation Services (ITS)

    Wireless vehicle charging, smart parking solutions, infrastructure supporting automated and connected vehicles, and dynamically managed curb space.

  • Supportive land uses
    Mobility Hubs are centers of activity where there is a concentration of employment, housing, shopping, and/or recreation.
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Anticipated Benefits
Mobility Hubs enhance the movement of people and goods while helping the region meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction mandates.

  • Increased transit ridership

    Studies show that increasing the concentration of homes and jobs near transit increases ridership, and that employment density is more strongly associated with transit ridership. Doubling the number of homes near light rail stations can increase the number of boardings at the same station by 15% to 59%.

  • Reduced need for driving alone

    Locating Mobility Hubs near high-frequency transit, job centers, and other popular destinations makes it easier for people to travel without relying on a personal car. More than 45% of all trips in the U.S. are shorter than three miles, making Mobility Hubs particularly valuable for everyday travel needs.

  • Congestion relief

    With more travel choices and supporting amenities, fewer people will need to own a car. Pooled ride options such as Lyft Shared, uberPOOL, and Waze Carpool can decrease the number of vehicles on the road while connecting people to transit. Meanwhile, bike and pedestrian improvements encourage people to walk, bike, or ride a scooter to transit  and other Mobility Hub destinations.

  • Reduced air pollution

    Increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road, and supporting amenities like electric vehicle charging stations, can help improve air quality.

  • Equity
    Flexible Fleets and automated vehicles can help seniors and people with disabilities who are not able to travel on their own. Many private operators develop and implement equity plans to ensure accessibility for people who face mobility challenges. These plans may include adaptive bikes and scooters, low-income payment options, and other accommodations.


Success Stories and Related Links
  • The Mobility Hub idea originated in Bremen, Germany to combine carshare vehicles, bike parking, and wayfinding near high-frequency transit. Nearly 300 shared cars have taken more than 4,200 privately owned cars off the road in Bremen. 

  • The Canadian cities of Toronto and Burlington envisioned Mobility Hubs as places for concentrating future population and job growth near railway and bus stations. Both cities aim to foster sustainable communities for people of all ages with a mix of land uses within walking and biking distances to transit.

  • In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments launched an effort to provide community Mobility Hubs that include solar electric vehicle carsharing, e-bikes, free transit passes, and other transportation benefits to low-income residents at three affordable housing sites in Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose.