Meet the Joint Venture Team
Executive Director, Smart Mobility Initiative
Steve Raney serves as Executive Director for Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Software Ecosystem Acceleration Initiative. MaaS provides a seamless, door-to-door combination of transportation modes —including public and private transit, bikeshare, rideshare, carshare, vanpool, taxi, employer commute benefits, electric scooter/bike lease, pay-by-phone parking, future robo-taxis — to outcompete private auto ownership. MaaS dissolves the boundaries between different transport modes, providing a more customer-centered experience while improving the efficiency of the entire transport system.
Prior to Joint Venture, Steve founded Cities21, a smart mobility transportation consulting firm. With Cities21, Steve led commercialization analysis studies for Nissan and Google self-driving car teams; served as Principal Investigator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Transforming Office Parks into Transit Villages” Study; led BART’s Group Rapid Transit Study; and conceived Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s $33 million Climate Innovations Grant Program.
Prior to Cities21, Steve led Ultra Global Personal Rapid Transit’s North American operations. At London Heathrow Terminal 5, Ultra became the world’s second PRT electric vehicle transit system. With Ultra, Steve led last mile transit studies for Raleigh, Austin, San Jose Airport, Palo Alto, Pleasanton, Edina, Microsoft, and Oakland Airport, developing the first profitable public private partnership business models. Steve has earned three masters degrees: business, software, and transportation from Columbia, RPI, and Berkeley. He is a member of two national Transportation Research Board committees and has authored 18 transportation papers.