Community-Assisted Rideshare Service (CAReS) for Rural Communities

This project focuses on assessing the feasibility of community-driven rideshare services in underserved rural areas of Alabama, particularly in the Black Belt region. Rural communities often lack access to essential services. The ultimate goal of the project is to create a community-operated rideshare service to address the local transportation needs of transport-poor communities. The project envisions a community-participatory ridesharing service led by local leaders and operated by volunteers, seeking to minimize transportation disparities. The immediate goal of this project requires understanding community needs and support, identifying volunteering needs, assessing technological needs, and exploring revenue models. This is an exploratory study and does not involve actual implementation. The project focuses on the feasibility of creating a local community-based rideshare service. It will identify and understand the resources within the community and will gauge their willingness to support such an initiative.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $150189
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Regional and Rural Connected Communities

    North Carolina A&T State University
    Greensboro, NC  United States  27411

    Alabama Transportation Institute

    University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, AL  United States  35487
  • Project Managers:

    Lidbe, Abhay

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

    Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
    P.O. Box 870205
    Tuscaloosa, AL  United States  35487-0205
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lidbe, Abhay

  • Start Date: 20240115
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250114
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01919999
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Regional and Rural Connected Communities
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348304
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 29 2024 9:45AM