Sharing the ride: A paired-trip analysis of UberPool and Chicago Transit Authority services in Chicago, Illinois

Lyft Line and UberPool offer travelers lower prices than personal ride-hailing service in exchange for the ability of drivers to serve other passengers during the ride. The rising popularity of these ridesplitting services raises questions about the potential diversion of traffic from urban transit services. To help answer those questions, this study explores travel time and fare differences between UberPool and traditional transit service on 50 paired trips, between 3 and 11 miles long, in Chicago, Illinois.UberPool is found to reduce trip times by an average of 67.6% between neighborhoods, compared to just 13.7% to and from the central business district. Multiple regression analysis shows travel times on CTA and UberPool are similar for trips in which transit riders do not need to make transfers or walk long distances. Consumers save $1.29/minute when using UberPool on trips originating or terminating in the downtown district, compared to just $.38/minute on trips between neighborhoods. In both cases, the amount spent per minute saved exceeds the level the U.S. Department of Transportation recommends using when conducting analysis about the value transit users place on saving time.


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  • Accession Number: 01685533
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 20 2018 10:11AM