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About the Program

The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) provides voucher-based funding for zero-emission carsharing, carpooling/vanpooling, bikesharing/scooter-sharing, innovative transit services, and ride-on-demand services in California’s historically underserved communities. The program has $20 million available in 2020.

CMO is funded by California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in underserved communities. 

This program is administered by CALSTART and Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) in partnership with GRID Alternatives and the Local Government Commission. The program aims to improve underserved communities’ access to clean mobility options that are safe, reliable, convenient, and affordable, by creating a streamlined application process for communities to apply for funding. The program also seeks to further mobility equity, improve local air quality, increase zero-emission vehicle adoption, reduce vehicle miles traveled, and advance workforce development in clean transportation.

CMO builds on previous mobility equity pilot projects funded by CCI, including Our Community Car Share Sacramento, Agricultural Worker Vanpools, Valley Air ZEV Mobility, Lift Line Paratransit Dial-a-Drive Electric Vehicle Transition Program, Car Sharing and Mobility Hubs in Affordable Housing Pilot Project, and Ecosystem of Shared Mobility

 

About the Administrator Team

CALSTART is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of clean transportation technologies. Working with more than 200 member companies, CALSTART manages a wide range of national clean transportation and grant programs in partnership with public agencies to address national and international issues related to clean transportation. CALSTART provides services and consulting to spur advanced transportation technologies, fuels, systems and the companies that make them. CALSTART employs more than 50 staff nationwide in its offices located in California, Colorado, Michigan and New York.

Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the deployment of shared transportation services such as electric vehicle carsharing, ridesharing, bikesharing and demand responsive transit in order to enhance mobility and quality of life for all. The organization was founded in 2014 by Sharon Feigon, former CEO of the successful Chicago carshare service IGO, and now carries out projects around the nation through its offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. SUMC offers a substantial body of work and expertise that is uniquely relevant to the Clean Mobility Options program.

Grid Alternatives (GRID) is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer that offers low-carbon solutions exclusively to low-income communities. GRID’s vision is a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. GRID has an annual budget of over $60 million, a staff of over 350, and 11 operating offices in California alone, located in Atascadero, Chico, El Centro, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, Riverside, Sacramento, Salinas, San Diego and Willits.

Local Government Commission (LGC) is an organization that builds livable communities and local leadership by connecting leaders via innovative programs and network opportunities, advancing policies through participation at the local and state level and implementing solutions as a technical assistance provider and advisor to local jurisdictions. With roots in California and a national reputation, LGC offers inspiration, information and partnership for local and regional champions dedicated to building thriving communities that integrate civic engagement with environmental, social and economic priorities.

 

Photo Credits

Communities Charging for Change; EVgo Anaheim – OC Green Expo EVgo Network; Baker, CA EVgo Network; Southside Sacramento, CA EVgo Network © EVgo I  Zero Emission Vehicles, © GreenPower Motors –  Motivps I  FRAN, © Polaris 

 

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