August Luncheon Recap
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
by: Brittany deBoer, ATI

Section: Member News

BOMA San Diego’s August luncheon celebrated the future of transportation with guest speakers from Car2Go, MTS, and Decobike. These companies, along with others, are collaborating to bring new shared travel options that are convenient, stimulate the economy, and facilitate a healthier environment.
Car2Go’s representative, Brittany Olsson, gave attendees fascinating statistics on the functionality of the car sharing company. For example, each Car2Go vehicle removes up to 11 vehicles from city streets. As more people move into defined city spaces, Car2Go’s goal is to require less parking, improve air quality, and encourage a shared economy. Their overall message? Car sharing is here to stay.
MTS is no stranger to San Diego transportation, however, their speaking representative explained how the demand has shifted. San Diego is a car-centric region, but shared transit will be part of the future. MTS is focusing on new technology for mobile ticketing and disseminating customer information. The most interesting aspect of their presentation was the conversation, or lack of, with the San Diego Chargers. MTS headquarters is located in the downtown area where the Chargers have discussed building their new stadium. MTS has stated that it would take seven years to move their facility. The Chargers have yet to contact them about these plans.
If you have been in downtown San Diego recently, you have probably noticed the new Decobike racks decorating the curbs. These strategically placed bikes allow residents and tourists to rent bikes with the swipe of a credit card, and return to any Decobike rack. This alternative transportation system is most commonly used for the last half mile of travel, provides a fresh air solution, and contributes to traffic and parking solutions in a metro area. Decobike has collaborated with government agencies to bring this transportation option to more cities across the nation.
All of these entities stated that they will continue to work together in an effort to meet consumer demands and contribute to transportation culture.