San Diego Forward Implementation Begins: Mobility Hub Implementation Strategy
The following information was provided to the Mission Hills BID from SANDAG.org:
With the approval of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan on October 9, SANDAG is moving forward with implementing projects included in the Plan to create more transportation choices for our region. One of the first projects to move forward will be the Regional Mobility Hub Implementation Strategy. SANDAG will invest $258 million to help fund up to 20 mobility hubs in conjunction with public-private partnerships. By locating multiple transportation services and amenities in one location, mobility hubs will help people take advantage of transit and other alternate transportation options. Stations along Trolley, SPRINTER, COASTER, Rapid, and high-volume bus routes are all potential mobility hub locations.
The implementation strategy will identify areas where mobility hubs could be located and prioritize them for future investment. A pilot program will then be initiated to demonstrate how mobility hub concepts can be implemented at both new and existing transit stations.
We want to hear your ideas about potential mobility hub locations. In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking interested members of the public to tell us where they think a mobility hub would help improve transportation, and what features they would like to see in mobility hubs. Keep your eye on future e-newsletters for details.
What is a Mobility Hub?
Mobility hubs are transportation centers located in smart growth opportunity areas (areas that will support mixed-use, transit-oriented development) that are served by high frequency transit. They provide an array of transportation services, amenities, and urban design enhancements that bridge the distance between transit and where people live, work, and play. They are places of connectivity where different modes of travel — walking, biking, ridesharing, Rapid, and light rail services — come together seamlessly, and where there is a concentration of employment, housing, shopping, and/or recreation.
Mobility hubs can feature a wide range of transportation choices, including:
- Neighborhood electric vehicles
- Bike parking
- Dynamic parking management strategies (such as variable pricing by demand)
- Real-time traveler information
- Real-time ridesharing
- Demand-based shuttle or jitney services
- Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
- Directional signage
- Urban design enhancements
- Supporting systems (mobile applications, electric vehicle charging, smart intersections, and a universal payment system)
All of these features can help travelers make short trips within the neighborhood, connect to transit, or reach other destinations. Mobility hubs will result in a number of benefits:
- Increased transportation choices for residents, employees, and visitors
- Decreased dependence on single occupancy vehicles
- Reduced traffic congestion and vehicle miles traveled