|Principal Investigator||Ipek Sener|
|Final Report (DOI)||Available Soon|
|Policy Brief||Available Soon|
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 B of the project, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute research team will examine the use of TNCs in Texas based on survey research. The data collected will be analyzed, and a model will be developed to examine factors influencing pooling across different market segments. While providing insights into curb management and promotional pricing, the results will also be useful to explore potential regional differences in pooling decisions (see also Congestion Using New Mobility Platforms: Understanding Curb Management and Targeted Incentive Policies to Increase Pooling -Part A).