Fill Those Empty Seats!

Vehicle occupancy across the United States is less than two persons per car, despite the fact that many car trips happen at the same time (peak hours) with similar destinations. An excessive number of vehicles on the road may cause heavy traffic and greenhouse gas emissions. The obvious solution is to carpool, which has been on the decline in the last few decades. The decrease in costs of driving for the individual as well as an increase in people with driver's licenses are among the possible causes. However, today's commuters are looking for flexible and affordable options. Some have turned to dynamic ridesharing. Dynamic ridesharing is more flexible than traditional carpooling. Drivers and passengers meet at designated or unofficial locations near transit routes, such as along highways with high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, often using smartphone apps that help users find rides. Casual carpooling developed organically in a number of cities over time, and local governments and other organizations are expending resources to extend dynamic ridesharing to their areas. There were several attempts to establish similar rideshare programs in the 1990s, though it has had more success in recent years due to the use of social networking.


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  • Accession Number: 01497220
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 18 2013 2:23AM