Dynamic Ridesharing: Simulation on System-Level Travel Effects Using Agent-Based Demand and Supply Models in the Sacramento Region

It is widely recognized that new vehicle and fuel technology is necessary, but not sufficient, to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) goals for the U.S. and California. Dynamic ridesharing services (DRSs) hold significant potential (1) reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and GHGs, (2) enhance the efficiency of the current transportation system (i.e., reduce congestion and increase person throughput), and (3) improve transportation access to a broad spectrum of socioeconomic groups (low income, disabled, and elderly) in different geographic contexts (city, suburban, and rural). Very little research, however, examines the complex behavioral and system level effects of dynamic ridesharing services. The research team proposes the integration of two disaggregate agent-based models, the Sacramento activity-based travel demand model (SACSIM) and the dynamic assignment model (MATsim), to simulate DRSs and evaluate their travel, environmental, and equity effects. This study would be the first to represent the wider range of potential travel behavior effects from a regional system application of DRSs, including auto ownership, trip generation, and destination, mode, and route choice. The study will also simulate the decision to use DRS, based on monetary and time costs, with individual values of time/money from California survey data.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Chursenoff, David

  • Principal Investigators:

    Rodier, Caroline

  • Start Date: 20150831
  • Expected Completion Date: 20161230
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01578181
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29
  • Files: UTC, RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 13 2015 3:11PM