CoaST founding member Matt Caywood was joined by Alex Roy to develop a commentary calling for universal basic mobility. The concept is based upon the economic theory of ‘Universal Basic Income’ (UBI) which has long been talked about as a way to address income inequality. This article discusses how:
Universal Basic Mobility would be a system of partnerships and/or policies that provide a minimum level of mobility to all members of society. An isolated, static population is unhealthy, unproductive and unhappy. A mobile population is economically, culturally, and socially dynamic. UBM can harness automation and new mobility platforms to accelerate economic growth, providing everyone with access to employment and the means to improve their quality of life.
The article goes on to discuss how UBM in the United States will stem from Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and concludes with the understanding that municipal and Federal policies must not only encourage UBM, but foster its development.