Improve Transit Connectivity with Incentives

This project proposes to use incentives to address the transit connectivity problem. This problem, also known as the first and last mile problem, is the problem that people have difficulty accessing transit stations and therefore choose to drive instead of taking transit. Solutions to the problem exist, but adoption is limited because the access modes to transit stations are either inconvenient (e.g., too far for walking), or expensive (e.g., too few people to use shuttle), or infeasible (limited space for park and ride). The project proposes to use incentives to bootstrap the use of specific access modes, and retain some behavioral change in the long run in a sustainable manner. The project will devise a comprehensive list of incentives for consideration. The project will leverage an ongoing effort to study how people react to different types of incentives. The project will choose a few candidate sites for case study and build a simulation tool to estimate the effects of incentives. The effects include both behavioral effects like how people choose access mode and travel mode, and traffic effects like the duration of congestion. The project will also likely find out which incentive is the most cost-efficient in achieving similar behavioral change.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $66506.00
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      Office of the Secretary
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California Transportation Center

      U.S. Campus Mail 2614
      Dwight Way
      Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-1782
    • Principal Investigators:

      Bayen, Alexandre

    • Start Date: 20120801
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • Source Data: RiP Project 33487

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01471045
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of California Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC09
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jan 31 2013 1:01AM