More than 130 cities and public agencies around the world are currently using the Mobility Data Specification (MDS), and it has been implemented by many major mobility service providers. Plus, because MDS allows cities and companies to communicate and exchange essential information digitally, there are also several software companies working with MDS to develop solutions related to emerging mobility.
CITIES USING MDS
How cities use MDS depends on a variety of factors: their transportation goals, existing services and infrastructure, and the unique needs of their communities. Browse this sampling of public mobility websites or policy and permit documents to learn more about how MDS is being used in different cities.
|Austin, TX. The rules and guidelines for Austin’s Micromobility Program can be found on Austin’s Shared Mobility Program website. See the Director Rules and Application for more details.|
|Bergen, Norway. Running a pilot project for shared scooters where the operators must comply with these guidelines – including data sharing employing MDS Agency API.|
|Bogotá, Columbia. Read the overview on the city government website landing page and see details on the permit process page and they use Agency and Provider as seen in the technical appendix.|
|Chicago, IL. E-Scooter Share Pilot Program information.|
|Denver, CO. Dockless Mobility Vehicle Pilot Permit Program in the Department of Transportation & Infrastructure.|
|Detroit, MI. See the Public Works Scooter Page and the Dockless Scooters Interpretation.|
|Kelowna, Canada. Bikeshare Permit Program and operator application.|
|Long Beach, CA. Detailed Permit Application including MDS and general reporting.|
|Los Angeles, CA. The rules and guidelines for the Los Angeles Dockless Bikeshare Systems / Pilot Program can be found on Council Clerk Connect along with supporting info on ladot.io. See the application and Technical Compliance documents.|
|Louisville, KY. City Dockless Vehicle Policy and Public Works Guidance.|
|Miami, FL. Full details on the Miami Scooter Program.|
|Minneapolis, MN. Mobility Data Methodology and Analysis and Motorized Foot Scooters webpage.|
|Philadelphia, PA. Dockless Bike Share Pilot and regulations, including application and regulations.|
|Pittsburgh, PA. The city’s Bike+ Master Plan includes multiple modes.|
|Portland, OR. Administrative Rule and data sharing document from PBOT.|
|San Francisco, CA. Read the SFMTA Permit Application documents and Powered Scooter Share Permit Program page including dashboards and data.|
|San Jose, CA. Shared Micro-mobility Permit Administrative Regulations.|
|Santa Monica, CA. The rules and guidelines are on the Santa Monica Shared Mobility Pilot Program page, and also see the full regulations and pilot program summary report.|
|Seattle, WA. SDOT’s Free-floating Bike Share Permitting program, permit requirements, and Mobility Data Privacy and Handling Guidelines.|
|Ulm, Germany. A draft of the guidelines can be found at the city’s GitHub presence.|
|Washington, DC. Information about the program can be found on DDOT’s dockless mobility page along with the terms and conditions and Attachment C data standards. Further information on the dockless data policies are available here.|
OTHER CITIES AND AGENCIES
- Arlington, VA: Shared Micro-Mobility Devices page and permit application.
- Atlanta, GA: Administrative Regulations for Shareable Dockless Mobility Device Permit Holders from Department of City Planning.
- Auckland, New Zealand: See the city council website, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, and the Code of Practice document.
- Baltimore, MD: Read the city’s Dockless Vehicles page and the specifics in the Dockless Vehicles for Hire: Rules and Regulations Standards and Data Reporting section.
- Brisbane, Australia: The city council’s transportation plan includes a e-mobility strategy which recommends MDS for consistent data between operators and program success.
- Calgary, Canada: Programs for a Dockless Bike Share Pilot and a shared electric scooter pilot that require MDS in the application and programs.
- Canberra, Australia: The city’s e-scooter page describes the program rules, with a link to their Dockless Shared Micromobility Policy (Word doc).
- Charlotte, NC: The city has a Shared Mobility Program page and a Mobility System Permit Requirements document.
- Charlottesville, VA: Read the city Dockless Mobility Permit Program Regulations.
- Cleveland, OH: The Shared Mobility Device and Bicycle Vendor Rules and Regulations.
- Dayton, OH: Rules and Regulations of Electric Transportation Devices in the city.
- El Paso, TX: Shared Use Mobility Devices main page and full Rules and Regulations.
- Edmonton, Canada: See their Active Transportation Vehicle Share rules and regulations.
- Hamburg, Germany: The Authority for Economy, Transport and Innovation has an agreement between E-scooter suppliers and the city.
- Indianapolis, IN: Shared Mobility Devices main page and full policy document.
- Kansas City, MO: Scooter and e-Bike Pilot Program document.
- Nashville, TN: Mobility Devices Bill.
- Newark, NJ: See the NewarkGo shared e-bikes & e-scooters program page and data sharing agreeement.
- Milwaukee, WI: See the Milwaukee city website for the detailed dockless study details.
- Montgomery County, MD: See their Permit Rules and MOU for operators in the county.
- Oakland, CA: Visit the shared e-scooters page and read the full Permit Application and Terms and Conditions document.
- Omaha, NE: Read the city’s Operating Agreement for the Implementation of Dockless Shared Scooter Operation.
- Providence, RI: Read their Regulations Governing the Placement and Operations of Shared Micromobility Devices.
- Sacramento, CA: Read the city’s Shared Bikes and Scooters overview page, which links to the Shared-Rideable Business Permit Application and interactive Maps and Data for Shared Bikes and Scooters.
- San Diego, CA: Shared Mobility Device Operator Regulations and Ordinance with Data Sharing Provisions.
- Wellington, New Zealand: The city council manages the city’s electric powered scooter code of practice.
- Zapopan, Mexico: This city next to Guadalajara has a detailed operations manual and uses both Provider and Agency, with an announcement on their city website.
- Other cities include Bellevue, WA as mentioned in the NACTO Guidelines for Regulating Shared Micromobility, page 48.
MOBILITY PROVIDERS USING MDS
Many mobility service providers (MSPs) around the world use MDS, allowing them to create tools around a single data standard for multiple cities and more efficiently scale their services.
OTHER MOBILITY PROVIDERS
SOFTWARE COMPANIES USING MDS
An open source approach to data specifications benefits cities and companies by creating a space for collaborative development, reducing costs, and nurturing a healthy, competitive ecosystem for mobility services and software tools – this includes those built by software companies providing their services to cities, agencies, and providers.
OTHER SOFTWARE COMPANIES
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