Ridesharing, Ride-Hailing, and Transit Ridership: A National Study Using the 2017 National Household Travel Survey

The PI will use the 2017 National Household Travel Survey to study the relationship between ride-hailing and transit travel. A handful of studies have examined the question of whether ride-hailing (e.g. Uber or Lyft) is a substitute or complement for public transit. The literature, so far, has produced mixed results. A well-known study by Hall, Palsson, and Price (2018) concludes that on average, when Uber entered a metropolitan market, public transit ridership increased by five percentage points. Yet that study finds heterogeneity across both city size and the size of transit systems. Other research suggests that the question is far from settled (e.g. Doppelt, 2018; Sadowsky and Nelson, 2018). The 2017 NHTS is the first travel survey that is available during the ride-hailing era, and the national coverage and ability to focus on individual travel behavior are advantages. We will use the NHTS to examine the link between individual ride-hailing and individual transit use. The results, from travel survey data, will provide more behavioral insights than have previously been possible from aggregate data, and will expand our understanding of whether and in what circumstances ride-hailing substitutes for or complements transit.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $99,999.00
    • 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, Marlon

    • Start Date: 20200101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01730605
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: METRANS Transportation Center
    • Files: RIP
    • Created Date: Feb 6 2020 5:58PM