Getting a Lift: Peer-to-Peer Ridesharing in Canada

When the Internet was launched commercially twenty five years ago, few people outside the scientific and academic communities were aware of this technology. It has since altered Canadian society in unimaginable ways; it is now possible to search, purchase and sell just about anything online. In the transportation sector, the initial impacts of digital technology included changes to scheduling and reservation systems, logistics and supply chains, and the introduction of mobile devices and tracking technologies. Today, we can add peer-to-peer ride sharing services, or ridesharing, to the list. And to measure its impact, Statistics Canada recently asked Canadians the extent to which they used peer-to-peer ride sharing services. During a one year period, 7.0%of persons aged 18 and older used such services. On average over the same period, users of peer-to-peer or ridesharing services each spent $122. While this is less than half of what the average Canadian household spent on bus, subway or streetcar services($271)in the same year, it already exceeds what was spent on taxis ($100) during 2016.1This research paper further examines these survey findings on ridesharing. Following a review and examination of methods and data, it presents a binary logit model. We hypothesize that the use of ridesharing is related to those factors that influence Internet use in general, such as age, education, income and location. The paper concludes by pointing to some transportation planning considerations. Ridesharing appears to be both a complement and substitute for urban transit and also has the potential to fundamentally alter current planning axioms.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: 1 PDF file, 305 KB, 7p.
  • Monograph Title: Canadian Transportation Research Forum 53rd Annual Conference - The Future of Canada's Transportation System//L'avenir du systéme de transport du Canada - Gatineau, Québec, June 3-6, 2018

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  • Accession Number: 01723247
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2019 2:03PM