Redesigning Mass Transit Systems to better integrate with Mobility-on-Demand Systems

The rapid growth of Mobility-on- Demand (MoD) services such as Uber, Lyft and car2go, and more recently ridepooling options such as Via and Bridj, are a clear indication of consumer demand for more flexible and convenient transit services. These services allow users to access a fleet of shared vehicles by simply using a smart-phone to request a vehicle. Thus, MoD services provide the convenience of a private car without the hassles of maintenance, financing, insurance etc. While these services have the potential to improve urban transportation and pave the way for more scalable and sustainable transportation systems, it is not clear that this will in fact be the case in their current form of operating as isolated services. In this work, the research team wishes to assess the potential for MoD systems to integrate with mass-transit systems, and provide a more scalable and sustainable unified urban mobility service. In particular, the team will develop algorithms for transit route planning in environments where fixed route transit services can be complimented with dynamic high-capacity ridepooling services to create an integrated system that is both more efficient to operate and provides a better user experience.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $113721
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  • 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:


    Washington DC,   United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cornell University

    Ithaca, NY  United States  14853
  • Principal Investigators:

    Samaranayake, Samitha

  • Start Date: 20161130
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180831
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01664974
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747119
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 30 2018 10:17AM