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Could Vehicle Sharing Become Mainstream Travel? Summit To Address The Way Forward.

Shared-Use Mobility Summit, San Francisco, October 10-11, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Mineta Transportation Institute:

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Transportation is often the second-largest expense for a typical household, following the cost of housing. But suppose shared vehicles could reduce that expense enough to make a real difference. Would anyone sign on? How would shared-use operators be regulated? Could vehicle sharing reduce congestion and pollution? Those are a few of the questions to be addressed at the Shared-Use Mobility Summit, Thursday-Friday, October 10-11, at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District. For information and registration, go to www.sharedusesummit.org.

The summit will initiate policy discussions to help attendees understand and generate ideas for shared-use mobility in its many forms, including carsharing, bikesharing, ridesharing, and emerging sharing options. Organizers will host representatives from regulatory and planning agencies, along with allied industries, such as auto insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and technology providers. The goal is to help shape the agenda for next steps, education/outreach, industry-wide collaboration, policy development, and future research.

The program addresses key issues

The summit program will include several discussion sessions, including "The Sharing Economy: Scaling the Shared-Use Mobility Marketplace;" "Insuring Shared-Use Mobility Services;" "Bikesharing: Funding 2.0;" "Fostering Multi-Modal Integration and Public Transit Connections;" "The Future of Mobility and Transportation policy and Planning;" and more.

Featured speakers include Guy Fraker, co-founding CEO at get2kno, Inc.; Ed Reskin, San Francisco Director of Transportation; Timothy Papandreou, a deputy director at San Francisco MTA; Gabe Klein, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner; Lisa Gansky, author of the The Mesh; Caroline Samponaro, a senior director with Transportation Alternatives; Alan Woodland, executive director of Carsharing Association; Marzia Zafar, a director with the California Public Utilities Commission; Susan Shaheen of UC Berkeley, and others.

Zipcar, bike rentals are already familiar

"These shared uses can be integrated and linked with public transit," said Susan Shaheen, PhD, co-director of the UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center. "Shared mobility is already familiar through carsharing companies like City CarShare and Zipcar or through bike sharing kiosks. Dynamic-ridesharing systems, like Carma, are part of this, as are other types of sharing networks such as Sidecar and Lyft. It's evolving into a new industry."

The overall goals, said Dr. Shaheen, include helping to provide more mobility choices, reducing traffic congestion, filling empty seats, mitigating various forms of pollution, helping people control transportation costs, reducing fossil fuel consumption, reducing pressures on parking spaces, and improving efficiency. Employment opportunities are created through these services as well. It also provides transportation choices for those who cannot afford to buy and maintain a vehicle.

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