A National Study of Dockless Transportation: Land Use and Demographic Correlates of Trip Hotspots and Mode Shift

The researcher will partner with a major dockless mobility company, Lime, to analyze dockless trip origin and destination data in a broad cross-section of cities and markets in the United States. Lime will also provide the data from a recent mode choice survey of their users. A key aspect of that survey is a question which asked users to self-report how they would have traveled on their most recent dockless trip had dockless mobility not been available – i.e. their self-reported “alternate” mode. Lime researchers, including Dr. Calvin Thigpen, policy research manager for Lime, will collaborate in the analysis. Additionally, the City of Los Angeles has agreed to provide data for scooter dockless mobility. The city has trip origin and destination data for all scooter companies licensed within Los Angeles. This will allow some comparison between the Lime data and (for one dockless mode – scooters) and the larger market, to provide insights into whether the Lime data are representative of the full market. Support letters from both Lime and the City of Los Angeles are included later in this proposal.


    • English


    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $100,000.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
    • Managing Organizations:

      METRANS Transportation Center

      University of Southern California
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
    • Project Managers:

      Brinkerhoff, Cort

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Southern California, Los Angeles

      University Park Campus
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089
    • Principal Investigators:

      Boarnet, Marion

    • Start Date: 20190801
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
    • Source Data: https://www.metrans.org/research/national-study-dockless-transportation-land-use-and-demographic-correlates-trip-hotspots

    Subject/Index Terms

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01708669
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: METRANS Transportation Center
    • Files: RIP
    • Created Date: Jun 25 2019 3:58PM