Shifting Behaviors in Unprecedented Times: How Are Intentions to Use Shared Modes Changing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 globally has been a major disruptive force in people’s everyday lives and general mobility. A component of the transportation system that has been specifically impacted by these disruptions is that of shared modes of travel, such as taxis and ridehailing, given the concerns about virus transmission. Today, demand for these modes have decreased by as much as 80%. This study aims to understand the shift in consideration of these modes as a result of unprecedented experiences in order to both, understand the potential recovery for shared mobility modes as well as the behavioral impact of drastic changes in lifestyle on transportation systems. With multiple reports and discussions on how COVID-19 will fundamentally change and redesign urban mobility, this study sets precedence for future efforts in assessing realized behavioral changes in the future. The results indicate that political orientation and experiences during the pandemic are significant in explaining the individual change in intentions to use ridesourcing. Additionally, characteristics such as age and income result in consideration shifts that would normally contradict the typical ridership profiles found in the ridesourcing literature. Specifically, this analysis finds that hailed ride consideration decreases as a function of either age or income. These findings are carefully presented and contextualized in this study.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 18p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764074
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-03130
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:19AM