MIT Employee Commuter Behavior Trial

This project seeks to investigate the impact of deploying disruptive technologies (specifically, "real-time" location-aware mobile phone applications and individual web-based incentives for choosing alternative modes) to address a disruptive environment issue (namely, the reconstruction of nearly all of the Charles River crossings and other major highway infrastructure in the immediate vicinity of MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) that is estimated to reduce roadway capacity across the Charles River by 15-25% over the next ten years. The project will be undertaken in parallel with a foundation-funded effort to develop and deploy on a trial basis a customized "MIT centric" mobile phone application that will simultaneously provide real-time ridesharing opportunities among MIT subscribers as well as real-time "next bus and train" information that integrates information from an MBTA server, providing both bus stop and Red Line rapid transit station arrival predictions, along with similar information on MIT's private shuttle bus arrivals. In addition, these mobile technologies will be introduced along with a new state-sponsored, web-based reward incentive program (from NuRide, Inc.) for all MIT commuters who choose to commute by any mode other than single-occupant auto. The MIT research team will initially help design the roll-out of these innovations to the community and subsequently monitor and analyze the commuter behavioral response to the alternative mode campaign.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Principal Investigators:

      Attanucci, John

      Salvucci, Fred

    • Start Date: 20110901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20120831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 29316

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01480742
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0001, MITR23-6
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 7 2013 1:01AM