How Does Ride-Hailing Influence Individual Mode Choice? An Examination Using Longitudinal Trip Data from Seattle Region

This study investigates the impacts of ride-hailing on individual mode choice by examining whether it is substituting for or complementing travel by driving, public transit, walking, or biking. The study overcomes some of the limitations of convenience samples or cross-sectional surveys used in past research by employing a longitudinal dataset of individual travel behavior and socio-demographic information. The data include three waves collected between 2012 to 2018 in the transit-rich areas of Seattle region. The authors conducted panel data modeling, estimating independently pooled models and fixed-effect models of trip count and duration at the person-day level for each mode, while controlling for various factors that affect travel behavior. The results provide evidence of substitution effects of ride-hailing on driving. The authors found that cross-sectionally, participants who use more ride-hailing tend to drive less, and that longitudinally, an increase in ride-hailing usage is associated with fewer driving trips. No significant associations were found between ride-hailing and public transit usage, walking, or biking. Based on detailed travel data of a large population in a major US metropolitan area, the study highlights the value of collecting and analyzing longitudinal data to understand the impacts of new mobility services.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21p

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  • Accession Number: 01764097
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-03421
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:19AM