A Study of the Impact of Ridesharing on Public Transit Ridership

Since ridesharing services were first introduced to the market in 2010, its market share more than tripled. With such a rapid increase in market share, the relationship between the ridesharing industry and public transit started to gain attention from policy makers, transportation planners, and researchers. The current body of research on ridehailing services is limited by its novelty and the corresponding lack of publicly available ridehailing trip data. The conclusions are conflicting. The majority of existing research used stated preference data to identify the relationship between ridesharing and public transit by asking participants' choices. This proposed research will explore the patterns of ridesharing trips, modeling the relationship between public transit and ridesharing, and propose regulation policies using objective datasets. With an extra-large-scale ridesharing trip data at an individual ridesharing trip level combining with real-time public transit information, the proposed research will be the first to explore the impacts of ridesharing on public transit without using stated preference surveys. The research team will also explore ways to integrate ridesharing with public transit by linking ridesharing with public transit.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $110000
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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:

      Urban Mobility & Equity Center

      Morgan State University
      Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
    • Performing Organizations:

      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

      Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
      3500 Transportation Research Plaza
      Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
    • Principal Investigators:

      Rakha, Hesham

      Du, Jianhe

    • Start Date: 20200501
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200630
    • Actual Completion Date: 20210430
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01741865
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Urban Mobility & Equity Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A43551747123
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jun 3 2020 11:19AM