Thursday, December 2, 2021 @ 12:00PM (EDT)
About the Webinar:
This project explores the distribution of a new micro-mobility service, as well as the factors driving the demand, or lack thereof, of this service in heterogeneous neighborhoods in the Municipality of Mayaguez in Puerto Rico. This project focus on electric scooter (e-scooter) sharing services. The first e-scooter shared service in Puerto Rico was established by a private operator in Mayaguez in August 2019. E-scooter services were subsequently established by the same company in the cities of San Germán and San Juan. The three cities differ in demographics, urban form, and topography. The main common characteristic of the three e-scooter service areas is the presence of a major university campus. E-scooter user data was collected from in-person surveys and from observational studies. Operational data obtained from the e-scooter service provider was analyzed to complement the research data collection efforts. Based on these data, statistical and machine learning-based models of the demand for this type of mobility service were developed. The data and models can be used to: i) examine the equity implications of the e-scooter services implemented in Puerto Rico; ii) analyze the possible congestion reduction impacts of e-scooter shared systems; iii) and develop methods to optimize the spatiotemporal distribution of e-scooters based on equity considerations and congestion reduction potential.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Daniel Rodriguez-Roman is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. His main research interests are in the areas of transportation network design and travel demand management. He is currently working on projects related to parking management strategies, performance evaluations of managed lanes, the accessibility of micromobility services, and demand forecasting in dockless e-scooter systems. He has previously worked on models for the design of road pricing schemes and on freight travel demand forecasting. He obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, his M.S. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering from the University of California at Irvine.