Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SB-19. Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit

Transit and carpooling/vanpooling (ridesharing) can be powerful allies - especially if leveraged together creatively. Transit agencies have been seen to expand their market base, as well as enhance transit operations. It is proposed that a synthesis be prepared that gathers information from transit agencies that incorporate ridesharing, and those that do not, and from non-transit agencies that operate ridesharing services, to understand the perspectives of the relevant operators with regard to ridesharing as a complementary solution to transit for handling travel demand. Ridesharing in this case might include the broad spectrum of carpool and vanpool formation strategies including such as formal flexible carpooling (reference the Washington State Flexible carpooling program), informal flexible carpooling (slug-lines and casual carpooling), vanpooling, and dynamic ridesharing, etc. This synthesis will explore the integration or interface between ridesharing and the rest of the transit system and situations where ridesharing is operating synergistically with transit, and try to capture the essence of successful practice in this field. For the transit agencies that are already very active in ridesharing: How do they do it? How does it affect their cost structure? What is the full potential? This synthesis might be used to aid public agencies and other stakeholders in deciding how to proceed when such options are being considered. A literature review, survey of appropriate stakeholders, and detailed case studies/profiles might be accomplished to document the state of practice, including lessons learned and gaps in information.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20100701
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26602

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  • Accession Number: 01461364
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:44PM