Mobility Hub Study

Project Summary:

The goal of the Mobility Hub Study and Program is to identify current and projected mobility needs and create a clear framework for prioritizing and implementing near-term multi-modal mobility improvements in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Ideally, these mobility hubs will act as focal points in the transportation network that seamlessly integrate different modes of transportation, multi-modal supportive infrastructure, and context-sensitive design to create active, easy to use facilities that maximize first-mile last-mile connectivity and support the Town's "park once" and "feet first" goals and policies.  This project will build upon previous planning efforts including The Main Street Plan, Parking and Snow Management District Feasibility Study, and Walk, Bike, Ride Action Plan.  

Background:

On February 21, 2018 the Town Council authorized the application and matching funds for the Caltrans for the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program. Staff submitted an application on February 23, 2018. The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program awards planning projects that directly benefit the multi-modal transportation system. The objectives of this grant program are to promote efficient mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use technology to improve the performance of transportation systems, and support social equity in transportation solutions. In coordination with the Walk, Bike, Ride Action Plan, Town staff proposed an application for a Mobility Hub Study and Program, to plan for future mobility hubs and to implement a district parking policy in the commercial zoning districts. 

The study and implementation program will addresses planning for mobility hubs in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The Mobility Hub Study and Program will evaluate and inventory existing conditions, estimate future demand, and plan for district parking with coordinated transit stops and facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Program will move forward the Town’s Parking and Snow Management District Feasibility Study to produce draft policies and a plan for implementation, including the costs of acquisition and construction for the hubs. 

On May 11, 2018 the Town was notified by Caltrans that the Towns’ grant application was successful. The award amount and budget of $198,900 includes $22,814 of local funds. The Town was required to execute a grant agreement with the State the agreement were finalized in September of 2018. 

The Town issued an RFP in March, 2018 requesting proposals from consultants qualified to assist the Town with completing the Mobility Hub Study and Program. Following a competitive selection process, the Town signed an agreement for consulting services with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. in July, 2019. 

Following the project kick-off meeting on July 30, 2019, Town staff identified and selected stakeholders to participate in a Working Group, which is made up of residents, business and property owners, and representatives from the Planning and Economic Development Commission, Caltrans, Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA), Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the Chamber of Commerce. The role of the Working Group is to provide perspectives on the policies and program for the mobility hubs and advise staff and the consultants on particular issues. There have been three Working Group meetings so far, on December 6, 2019; May 26, 2020; and September 2, 2020. Summaries of these meetings are provided in the links below.

12.6.19 Working Group Meeting Summary

5.26.20 Working Group Meeting Summary

9.02.20 Working Group Meeting Summary

What is a Mobility Hub?

A mobility hub combines multiple modes of transportation together in one physical location, often centered around a high-frequency public transit stop. With a physical presence and clear, prominent branding, mobility hubs offer visibility to – and connection between – public transit and shared mobility services that in turn support multimodal living and reduced dependence on personal cars and solo driving.  

Mobility Hub Graphic 1

Mobility hubs can also promote community growth by providing enhanced placemaking, affordable housing, and economic development projects. By improving connections between transportation modes, mobility hubs help improve equity and can significantly improve people’s ability to travel without a car, which helps increase affordability and basic mobility for non-drivers.

Mobility hubs have recently gained traction as potential solutions to addressing transportation challenges, including congestion, limited parking availability, and the need for more accessible transportation. Because of their potential to support transportation and livability of cities and towns, there has been particular attention paid to early adopters, such as Ontario’s Metrolix program, to     gather lessons learned to support successful implementation of mobility hubs. While the goals of a mobility hub are consistent, the design and accommodations of each location should vary based on the unique local context and desires of the communities they serve. Image Source: City of Los Angeles, "Mobility Hubs: A Reader's Guide"

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities:

The Town will be seeking community feedback on potential mobility hub types and locations on our Engage Mammoth Lakes website in mid- to late September (exact date TBD). Following a two-week response period, there will be a remote Community Workshop to discuss findings and draft recommendations (time and date TBD). 

Following review by the public and Caltrans, the final Mobility Hub Study and Report will be brought before both the Planning and Economic Development Commission and the Town Council for adoption. These hearings are anticipated to occur in mid-December, and will include further opportunities for public comment. Updates will be provided once the hearing dates are finalized. 

Additional Resources:

  • The Shared Use Mobility Center (sharedusemobilitycenter.org) is a public-interest organization dedicated to achieving equitable, affordable, and environmentally sound mobility across the US through the efficient sharing of transportation assets. 
  • The City of Los Angeles' "Mobility Hubs, A Readers Guide