shared mobility: travel on demand

Shared mobility services can fill gaps in the region’s transit network and provide convenient travel options for commute and personal trips. The San Diego region features shared mobility options that offer viable alternatives to driving alone, helping to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Read CDC guidelines for protecting yourself when using transportation. 


Bikeshare provides people with 24/7 access to bikes at convenient locations.

Spin operates at UC San Diego.

Learn more about the City of San Diego's laws and regulations regarding motorized alternative vehicles.

Shared electric scooters...

Shared electric scooters can help fulfill first or last mile connections to transit while making it easier to travel short distances within the community. BirdLyftSkip, Spin, and Wheels Mobility scooters are available in some San Diego communities.

Learn more about the City of San Diego's laws and regulations regarding motorized alternative vehicles.


Carshare services provide access to a vehicle throughout the day for errands or meetings, making it more convenient to take transit, carpool, vanpool, walk, or bike to work or school. Members can rest easy knowing that usage fees cover all vehicle-related expenses, including insurance, parking, and emergency roadside assistance.

Zipcar eliminates the hassle of needing a personal car in cities and on campuses. Reserve a vehicle for as little as one hour or as long as one week before returning the vehicle to its home location.

Getaround and Turo are peer-to-peer carsharing platforms for users to rent cars by the hour or by the day shared by people in the San Diego region.

On-demand rideshare...

On-demand rideshare has the potential to decrease vehicle ownership and demand for parking. Riders enter their origin and destination to be matched with others traveling in the same direction via smartphone app.

Waze Carpool, UberPool and Lyft Shared match travelers that request rides along a similar route, allowing passengers heading in the same direction to share the cost.

Uber for Business and Lyft are corporate-sponsored transportation options that allow employers to either cover the cost of rideshare services for their employees, or integrate rideshare services into pre-tax benefit plans. These services can help reduce stress for commuters by providing a connection to/from transit while helping employers deal with limited parking.

Circuit (formerly The Free Ride) is a fun, friendly, and free electric shuttle service in Downtown San Diego. Each week, thousands of riders hail free rides within the coverage area, which stretches from Little Italy to East Village.

The Carlsbad Connector, an on-demand shuttle service pilot program, has been suspended due to temporary service reductions implemented on COASTER trains as a result of COVID-19. The final day of service will be Friday, July 31, 2020, until further notice. NCTD plans to implement a new pilot on-demand service in April 2021, assuming the impacts of COVID-19 have significantly eased, within the cities of Carlsbad and San Marcos that will provide commuters flexible and convenient shared transportation options to help reduce emissions.  

For more information on shared mobility services, email [email protected].

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