New York subsidises electric shared mobility solutions

Micromobility concepts, shuttles, and ridesharing services can now all receive funding in the US state of New York. Governor Kathy Hochul has earmarked $32 million for the sector.

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The programme, called the ‘Clean Mobility Program,’ offers two funding tracks – the ‘Planning Track’ and the ‘Demonstration Track.’ Under the former, projects can apply for up to 100,000 dollars in funding for “community engagement, site identification, and technical feasibility analysis.” In the latter’s case, projects can receive as much as 3 million dollars” for implementing mobility services in communities, with the intention of them becoming sustainable and serving as an example for similar services elsewhere in New York State.”

All projects that “solve local transportation needs and connect residents to services, jobs, and other transit.” That includes personal or shared bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters, on-demand electric vehicle ride-hailing, and small-scale, on-demand public transit services with flexible routes or shared electric vehicle options.

Moreover, the governor’s offices point out that a quarter of the budget, so 8 million dollars, has been reserved for demonstration projects in areas served by the upstate investor-owned utilities. To that end, 5 million have been earmarked for projects in the Central Hudson, National Grid, New York State Electric & Gas, and Rochester Electric & Gas region. The remaining 3 million dollars will go to micromobility projects in the Bronx in New York City.

Local governments, transit operators, and community-based organisations can apply for the grants until 15 August 2024. The programme is managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

“New York has prioritised electrifying its transportation sector and making a wide range of clean public transportation options more accessible and affordable to residents across the state,” Governor Hochul said. “Investments in innovative electric mobility solutions are driving real change that will help meet the everyday needs of New Yorkers while reducing emissions from our roadways and improving the air quality in our communities as a result.”

“Developing a clean-energy transportation system is a win, win for New York and for consumers. Engaging communities in this program, particularly low income communities, will help the state’s overall economy and help create a cleaner environment,” adds New York State Public Service Commission Chairman Rory M. Christian.


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