Mobility Hubs

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, commuter rail, and light rail services — come together seamlessly, and where there is a concentration of employment, housing, shopping, and/or recreation. Mobility hubs are one of the many concepts introduced in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan that aims to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions

Mobility hubs can feature a wide range of transportation choices, amenities, and technologies including:

  • Bikeshare
  • Carshare
  • 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 (e.g., mobile applications, electric vehicle charging, smart intersections, autonomous and connected vehicles, and a universal payment system)

All of these features can help travelers connect to regional transit services and make short trips within the neighborhood and beyond. Integration of information technology is also needed to help travelers find, access, and pay for transit and shared mobility services on-demand. In the future, autonomous and connected transportation services may enhance mobility for travelers of all ages and abilities.

Benefits of Regional Mobility Hubs

Mobility hubs may 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
  • Reduced transportation costs

Two planning studies are underway to convey how the mobility hub concept can be applied within our region:

Regional Mobility Hub Implementation Strategy

Mid-Coast Mobility Hub Implementation Strategy

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