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The Future of Transportation: Mobility as a Service



Reducing Single-Occupancy-Vehicle (SOV) Commuting


[01:13] Introduction of Steve Raney.

[01:59] What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

[02:45] Steve explains the goals of the Bay Area Mobility as a Service project.

[04:11] Why is it challenging to decrease single-occupancy-vehicle (SOV) miles traveled in areas that were designed and built for single-occupancy vehicles (SOV)?

[05:13] Steve describes what congestion pricing is and why it’s important to reducing carbon emissions.

[07:56] Steve shares what Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is and how it works.

[09:34] Steve explains how the software on your smartphone helps you connect with different commuting options.

[10:31] Where can people go to learn more about the Bay Area MaaS program, as well as the concept of Maas?

[12:10] Are there other industries working to combine compatible fields into one brand?

[13:02] Steve describes the Bay Area Maas project.

[15:47] How can MaaS be used to create more equitable commuting policies and conditions for low-wage workers?

[18:27] Steve shares how he became involved in this work.

[19:16] How can people learn more about Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

[19:30] Steve shares one change that would lead to smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.

[20:10] Steve describes the action listeners can take to help build a more equitable and sustainable future.

[20:39] Steve explains what the San Francisco Bay Area looks like 30 years from now.

[21:22] Steve shares his thoughts about the rise of Uber and Lyft.


Steve Raney leads Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Mobility as a Service project. Previously, Steve led autonomous vehicle commercialization studies for Nissan and Google and he led the EPA’s “Transforming Office Parks into Transit Villages” Study. He is the parent of MTC’s Climate Innovations grant program. Steve has 5 university degrees.

Learn more about Steve here


Established in 1993, Joint Venture Silicon Valley provides analysis and action on issues affecting our region’s economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s umbrella term for our Silicon Valley commute-focused project to improve options besides driving alone. MaaS dissolves the boundaries between different transport modes, providing a more customer-centered, seamless experience while improving the efficiency of the entire transport system. Bay Area employers provide a range of customized employee programs to facilitate commuting: transit passes, Wi-Fi motor coach service, last mile shuttle buses from transit, payroll subsidies and more.


“We focus on difficult challenges, in areas like economic development, transportation, energy, communications infrastructure, hunger, and climate change; and I think we’re a pretty compassionate organization.”

“[The drive-as-you-go insurance] is one of the one’s that’s relatively viable politically. It’s not at all a tap-in putt in golf, but it’s something that is more worthwhile to pursue to get something enacted.”

“We’re trying to internalize the negative externalities of pollution and carbon and congestion and create a more efficiently functioning mobility market with better choices.”

“We know that higher-income workers are more likely to drive alone, so that kind of a policy is a progressive transfer of wealth from high-income folks to low-income folks. So that kind of policy scores relatively high for a congestion-pricing policy, whereas a big increase in a gas tax—because low-income folks, so much of their budget is taken up by transportation costs—that really hits them hard. So there are more compassionate pricing policies within the mix of congestion pricing.”


Joint Venture Silicon Valley – Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

EPA’s Final Report: Transforming Office Parks into Transit Villages


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