The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) has been monitoring a variety of overlapping social, political, economic and technological developments with an eye toward the future of transportation. This paper presents an overview of their findings. Briefly summarized, they found that carpooling, vanpooling, fixed route bus and rail service, shuttle programs, and demand-responsive services are all being tried to provide commuters with viable choices. Complementary facilities and services include High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, park-and-ride lots, bus and/or rail transit service improvements, commuter rideshare matching, customer service contacts, express buses/shuttles to commuter rail/subway stations, and guaranteed ride home funding. It was determined that an efficient and effective transportation system, now and in the future, must be based on a viable mix of mobility options. Public policy must reflect the public need for realistic, affordable, and convenient mobility choices. Much will hinge on being able to implement new technology and complementary management strategies that are acceptable to the public. Responsibility will rest largely with employers and government to provide the incentives necessary to modify public perceptions and attitudes concerning ridesharing.

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  • Accession Number: 00488769
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1989 12:00AM