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New California program awards 21 communities, tribes $20 million to launch shared, zero-emission mobility projects

Funds will directly support under-resourced communities in 11 counties statewide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Twenty-one California nonprofits, local governments, transit agencies, and Native American tribal governments in under-resourced communities have been awarded up to $1 million each by the new Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) to develop and launch zero-emission mobility projects, such as bikesharing and ride-on-demand services, aimed at overcoming transportation challenges faced by residents in their communities.

The total amount of funds awarded for mobility projects is $20 million. The program awarded approximately $18 million to eligible under-resourced communities and set aside and awarded $2 million specifically to Native American tribal governments. Funding will support projects like: Innovative transit services such as on-demand shuttles and microtransit; Electric vehicle carsharing; Bikesharing and scooter-sharing; Carpooling and vanpooling; and Ride-on-demand services

For many awardees this will be a first-of-its-kind mobility project to be funded and launched in their community. Funding for CMO is made possible by California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health. The response to the mobility project voucher application window shows there is strong demand and need for this funding. Twenty-one communities received funds in its inaugural year, however there were a total of 33 applicants requesting as much as $1 million each.

“These funds directly support disadvantaged communities and communities of color from across the state, creating safe, clean, affordable and accessible options for getting residents where they need to go,” California Air Resources Board Executive Officer Richard W. Corey said. “The Clean Mobility Options Program was designed to ensure that each project is developed both by and for that community to address its own unique transportation issues — taking to heart the notion of community involvement to support sustainable transportation solutions.”

FUNDING BENEFITS UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE STATE

Projects were awarded across the state. In Northern California and in the Central Valley, funded projects are in Redding, Sacramento, Oakland, Richmond, Stockton, Fresno, and the city of Huron in Fresno County. In Southern California, projects are kicking off in Los Angeles, in the city of Rialto and elsewhere in San Bernardino County, in the community of Anza and the city of Riverside, in the cities of Chula Vista and National City in San Diego, and in Coachella, Calexico, and South El Monte. See a full list of awardees below and an interactive map here.

While the majority of Californians breathe unhealthy air at some time during the year, under-resourced communities and people of color are disproportionately exposed to unhealthy air. These communities are often located near major roadways and freight corridors. Health research has linked economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and residences to more frequent asthma symptoms, among other health impacts, due to higher levels of traffic and other air pollution exposures, and greater vulnerability to health impacts.

AWARDEE QUOTES

The City of Redding in Northern California: “This program represents a step in the right direction to improving mobility equity in the far northern part of California,” said Rachel Hatch, Senior Program Officer for Community Vitality of The McConnell Foundation in Redding. The foundation’s $1 million project will fund downtown Redding’s first bikeshare program. “Building on catalytic investments through the Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities program, these funds will serve the transportation needs of downtown residents. This public-private-philanthropic effort for bikeshare creates a synergy that is both good for the environment and good for our community. Together with Shasta Living Streets, we hope to share the model with others across our region.”

The City of Richmond in the Bay Area was awarded $1 million to implement Richmond’s first citywide, on-demand shuttle program: “Richmond residents suffer from some of the most polluted air in the state with limited walkable, bikeable or other clean, safe options for travel,” City of Richmond Transportation Services Project Manager Denée Evans said. “These funds will help breathe new life into the community, by – literally – cleaning up the air we breathe and by providing a new, innovative, affordable and accessible transportation option for residents and visitors.”

The City of Chula Vista in San Diego was awarded $997,833 to launch an on-demand community shuttle serving the local senior community: “These funds will give our seniors a new lease on life,” Chula Vista Chief Sustainability Officer Dennis Gakunga said. “Smart, safe and clean mobility options to help seniors get where they need to go will not only improve their quality of life, it will make our roads less crowded and our air cleaner to breathe, which will benefit all our residents.”

Southern California: The Cahuilla Tribe was awarded $1 million to fund Cahuilla’s first zero-emission carsharing program: “We were inspired to be part of the Clean Mobility Options program and successfully utilized resources provided by the technical assistance team to develop our program,” said Cahuilla Band of Indians Tribal Council Chairman Daniel Salgado. “Our clean mobility program will improve the community’s access to essential goods like medical services, education and religious and cultural gatherings that improve our quality of life.”

Leimert Park in South Los Angeles Region: “Through this program we will directly improve lives,” Ben Caldwell, Partner, SankofaCity Zero Emissions Multimodal Transportation Ecosystem, which will provide clean mobility options in Leimert Park. “Affordable, safe travel options and clean air are resources everyone should be able to access. We need more programs like this that specifically support under-served communities that suffer from generations of inequitable access to these resources.”

The City of Calexico in Imperial County: “This program will create new opportunities for our residents to thrive,” said David Aguirre, Program Manager for the Imperial County Transportation Commission which serves Calexico, California. The commission’s project will fund Calexico’s first zero-emission, microtransit program. “Clean, flexible transit options can enhance access to jobs and increase quality of life for our residents and visitors. We are happy to see the State of California investing in programs like this and communities like ours.”


MOBILITY PROJECT AWARDEES BY REGION


CENTRAL VALLEY


Lead organization: Fresno Metro Black Chamber Foundation

Award partner: Mobility Development Foundation

Award: $599,500

Project name: Expansion of E-Bike Services in Fresno

Location: City of Fresno


Lead organization: The Latino Equity Advocacy and Policy Institute

Award partner: West Hills Community College

Award: $1 million

Project name: Green Raitero and Green Cruiser Ride Sharing

Location: City of Huron, California


Lead organization: San Joaquin Council of Governments

Award partner: Miocar, Mobility Development Operations

Award: $998,614

Project name: Stockton EV Car Share Program

Location: Stockton and San Joaquin County


INLAND EMPIRE


Organization: Cahuilla Band of Indians

Award: $1 million

Project name: Cahuilla Clean Mobility Project

Location: Cahuilla Band of Indians Reservation in the community of Anza


Lead organization: City of Rialto

Award: $1 million

Project name: Rialto Bike Share Program

Location: City of Rialto


Lead organization: City of Riverside

Award partner: StratosShare and UC Riverside CERT

Award: $1 million

Project name: Riverside Clean Car Share

Location: City of Riverside


Lead organization: Imperial County Transportation Commission

Award partner: Nomad Transit (Via)

Award: $998,875

Project name: Calexico Mobility On Demand

Location: City of Calexico


Lead organization: Omnitrans

Award partner: RideCo

Award: $1 million

Project name: OmniRide Bloomington

Location: Bloomington area of San Bernardino County


Lead organization: Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

Award partner: In-Charge Energy

Award: $993,300

Project name: On-Demand Electric Vehicle Service for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians’ Reservation

Location: Coachella in the southern region of the reservation


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA


Lead organization: 50 Corridor Transportation Management Association

Award partners: Envoy Technologies Inc, ColRich and the Health Education Council

Award: $1 million

Project name: Sacramento Electric Vehicle Car Sharing Accelerator

Location: Affordable housing properties throughout the Sacramento area


Lead organization: City of Richmond

Award partner: Via

Award: $1 million

Project name: Richmond On Demand

Location: City of Richmond


Lead organization: Oakland Department of Transportation

Award partner: GRID Alternatives Bay Area

Award: $1 million

Project name: Oakland E-Bike Library

Location: West Oakland, Downtown, Chinatown, San Antonio, Fruitvale and East Oakland


Lead organization: Oakland Unified School District

Award partners: The Lion Electric Co., Zūm Services, Inc. and TransForm

Award: $485,592

Project name: On-demand Oakland Unified Student Transportation

Location: City of Oakland


Lead organization: The McConnell Foundation

Award partner: Shasta Living Streets

Award: $1 million

Project name: Redding Bikeshare

Location: City of Redding downtown area


Lead organization: Richmond Community Foundation

Award partner: Miocar, Mobility Development Operations

Award: $1 million

Project name: Richmond Community Carshare

Location: City of Richmond


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


Lead organization: City of Chula Vista

Award partners: Circuit Transit, Inc. and San Ysidro Health

Award: $997,833

Project name: CV Community Shuttle

Location: Senior community in northwest Chula Vista


Lead organization: City of National City

Award partners: Circuit Transit, Inc.

Award: $999,996

Project name: FRANC Program

Location: Downtown Transit Centers of National City


Lead organization: Community Economic Development Corporation and Institute for Maximum Human Potential

Award partners: Urban Movement Labs and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

Award: $1 million

Project name: SankofaCity: Zero Emissions Multimodal Transportation Ecosystem (ZEMTE)

Location: Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor, Leimert Park and South Los Angeles


Lead organization: The Energy Coalition

Award partner: Green Commuter and ActiveSGV

Award: $999,972

Project name: South El Monte Electric Carshare Program

Location: City of South El Monte


Lead organization: Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA)

Award partners: Green Commuter and UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

Award: $1 million

Project name: Charging Forward: HACLA’s EV Lending Library for Economic Equity

Location: City of Los Angeles


Lead organization: Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

Award partner: Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

Award: $926,318

Project name: Zero Emissions Shared Mobility for Rancho San Pedro

Location: Rancho San Pedro community in the City of Los Angeles


MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

CMO is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health, particularly in disadvantaged communities. In this case, the funding provides zero-emission shared mobility options to under-resourced communities in California. CMO funding is available throughout California to eligible disadvantaged communities, as well as eligible tribal governments and affordable-housing in low-income communities, to increase access to safe, reliable, convenient and affordable transportation options. The team administering the program includes CALSTART, Shared-Use Mobility Center, GRID Alternatives, and the Local Government Commission. For eligibility requirements, application information and to contact the technical assistance team, visit: www.cleanmobilityoptions.org.


This is the second of two funding opportunities administered by CMO for the 2020 voucher application windows. The first application window for Community Transportation Needs Assessments distributed $1.15 million to disadvantaged communities: $1 million was awarded to eligible disadvantaged communities with $150,000 set aside and awarded specifically to Native American tribal governments. Key elements of a Community Transportation Needs Assessment include engagement with the community through tools like surveys and virtual community events.


Funding and timing for 2021 application opportunities have not been announced. Sign up here to stay up to date on funding and other program opportunities: https://www.cleanmobilityoptions.org/assistance/.