Best Practices in Coordination of Public Transit and Ride Sharing

Public transportation has long been the mobility alternative to single occupancy vehicles, offering a consistent and reliable method of ridesharing. However with the rise of private sector ridesharing companies and multimodal transportation options increasing, the interplay between traditional models and innovative approaches is critical to research, address, and engage with, in order to create a seamless transportation network that meets the mobility needs for all riders. Online and phone mobility apps are becoming increasingly available in small urban and rural communities to help people find the best commuting option to shopping, appointments, recreation, employment, and other destinations. These apps make it easy to find the best transit route, locate a park and ride lot, map your trip, or even find a commuting partner based on your work schedule or neighborhood. However, many small urban and rural communities lack these online tools, leaving commuters, especially those without automobiles, to navigate the complexities of the transit systems in these areas, highlighting the needs to research solutions to the existing gap in transportation coordination amongst the growing options The objective of this research is to document the available online apps to help ease commuter access to public transit and allow for improved mobility in their communities. In order to advance this area of transportation knowledge, it is important to identify what existing resources are currently available and if/ how the private industry is interacting and partnering with the public sector in coordinating mobility services. As one of the Idaho Transportation Department’s (ITD’s) core mission statements, “Your Mobility”, researching and understanding the opportunities to coordinate public transportation with other ridesharing mobility options directly ties back to the focus areas in this state. As the mobility needs are changing, and the gap in design between rural transportation and urban transportation increasing, we are at a critical juncture in need to innovative solutions. The outcomes that this project will offer will be able to be implemented in the form of marketing efforts, outreach strategies, and provide data and analysis to bring together multiple stakeholders with a common goal.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-130

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Basemera-Fitzpatrick, Velvet

  • Start Date: 20200113
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707523
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-130
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2019 3:17PM