Six Key Considerations for Agencies Planning for Evacuations Amidst Simultaneous and Dueling Crises

Stephen Wong and Susan Shaheen, Ph.D.

California Resilient and Innovative Mobility Initiative

Evacuations have been a critical transportation strategy to move thousands and sometimes millions of people out of harm’s way, whether from a natural disaster (e.g., hurricane, wildfire, tsunami) or a human-made disaster (e.g., chemical spill, terrorism). For example, nearly 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate from the recent Kincade Fire in 2019 in California, while over one million were ordered to evacuate from Hurricane Dorian along the Atlantic seaboard. …


Four Potential Scenarios for the Future of Transportation Network Companies

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs, also known as ridehailing and ridesourcing) generate a significant percentage of their gross bookings from trips in large metropolitan areas, including trips to and from airports. For example, in 2019, Uber generated 23% of its ride gross bookings from five metropolitan areas — Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. …


Lessons from California

Natural and man-made disasters and their emergency evacuations are more common than many people realize, and remain a common strategy to ensure safety. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the most frequent causes of evacuations in the U.S. each year are fires and floods. Due to the heavy reliance on private vehicles in the U.S., evacuations using personally owned automobiles have historically been the focus of many emergency managers. However, this can be problematic for public transit dependent and carless households who may have transportation challenges in an emergency. The critical role…


The market for personal mobility is changing rapidly due to shifting demographics and social trends, as well as technological advances such as: smartphones, information processing, and widespread data connectivity. Over the past year, we have been writing about Mobility on Demand (MOD): an innovative transportation concept evolving around connected travelers, where consumers can access mobility and goods delivery services on-demand by dispatching or using public transportation, shared mobility, courier services, urban air mobility, and other innovative and emerging technologies. …


Written by Susan Shaheen and Adam Cohen

Innovative and emerging technologies present exciting opportunities to transform mobility and goods delivery. As long as there have been cars and airplanes, manufacturers and urban futurists have envisioned a future with flying automobiles. As early as the mid-1920s, Henry Ford began imagining a future of “plane-cars” and developed light-weight, single-seat aircraft prototypes. Over the years, numerous companies, such as Chrysler and Curtiss-Wright, built and delivered a variety of concepts intended to test the concept of short-range aerial transportation.


Written by Susan Shaheen and Adam Cohen

Recently, shared micromobility has gained prominence due to enabling technologies (e.g., docking stations, GPS, e-bikes, e-scooters, etc.) that support bikesharing and scooter sharing.

Shared Micromobility — the shared use of a bicycle, scooter, or other low-speed mode — is an innovative transportation strategy that enables shared use on a short-term, as-needed basis. Micromobility includes various service models and modes that meet the diverse needs of travelers including: station-based bikesharing (a bicycle picked-up from and returned to any station or kiosk) and dockless bikesharing and scooter sharing (a bicycle or scooter picked up and returned to any location).

Micromobility has the…

Susan Shaheen

Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley, sustainable transportation, sharing economy, researching innovation and disruption in mobility

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