Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Photo by Katherine Eshel, City of Boston

Nearly a third of Boston’s carbon emissions stem from transportation. Within the metro area, impact from vehicle emissions varies by community.

Environmental Justice Communities “EJCs,” like Nubian Square (formerly Dudley Square), experience greater transportation-related emissions and pollution than most neighborhoods. Historically underserved neighborhoods – very often communities of color – bear the brunt of these environmental hazards, and their residents face disproportionate health conditions as a result. Increased rates of asthma are one example.  

While there is much to be done to right these historic wrongs, Good2Go is working to make clean transportation more accessible to the Nubian Square community. Good2Go operates under a foundational pillar of equity; a belief that emission-free personal transportation should be available to everyone. The program – a collaborative effort among E4TheFuture, Nuestra Comunidad, the City of Boston, Eversource, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Mobility Development – offers a fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) available for short term rental.

With funding from E4TheFuture and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, this electric car share is income tiered: In addition to a $10/hour standard rate, the program also offers a $5/hour rate for individuals with lower household incomes. These rates enable an affordable complement to public transit, making trips – like grocery shopping, getting to a job interview, going to the doctor, or delivering goods – feasible and convenient.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, personal transportation has become increasingly vital. Good2Go, with its robust and CDC-compliant cleaning protocol, gives members peace of mind and makes shared mobility a private experience: You do not need to share an enclosed space with others in order to meet your transportation needs.  

This exciting new initiative is set to launch in Spring 2021. In the meantime, the Good2Go team is working with the Nubian Square community to fine tune the program to make it the best it can possibly be when it opens to the general public. Good2Go is now working with Beta Testers who offer feedback. If you’re interested in joining the waitlist for membership, please fill out the form at www.evgood2go.org/contact-us.

The Good2Go team looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the Roxbury community to add more pickup locations. Program leaders have an open channel of communication with the community to ensure that Good2Go evolves to serve the neighborhood’s needs for years to come.