|Principal Investigator||Susan A. Shaheen|
|Final Report (DOI)||View Final Report|
|TRID||View TRID – 1737963|
|Policy Brief||View Policy Brief|
Transportation network companies (TNCs) and microtransit are changing the way people travel by providing dynamic, on-demand mobility that can supplement public transit and personal-vehicle use. Well-designed policy strategies are needed to fully leverage the potential of pooling to lessen congestion, energy use, and emissions by reducing private-vehicle ownership and enabling higher occupancy. Policy/planning tools could help to leverage pooling strategies and more efficient TNC routing to reduce deadheading and excess vehicle miles traveled (VMT). There is a notable opportunity to increase pooling rates among TNC users through promotional offers for pooling to public transit stations, employment centers, etc. and designated pickup/drop-off locations.
This study will inform curb management and the role of targeted incentives to help maximize the societal/environmental benefits of pooled mobility services and linkages to public transit. It involves two separate but related research efforts by the University of California Berkeley (Part A) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (Part B). In Part A of the project, UC Berkeley researchers will employ the photovoice methodology in the San Francisco Bay Area to seek a deeper understanding of individual views and priorities relative to designated pickup/dropoff locations and gain insights into motivations for pooling (see also Understanding Curb Management and Targeted Incentive Policies to Increase Pooling Part B: Examining On-Demand Transportation Services with a Focus on Shared Rides.