SHARED RIDE SERVICES: A MAJOR OPPORTUNITY, AND AN ALTERNATIVE WAY FOR PEOPLE TO GET TO WORK

Public policy in the Twin Cities area is moving toward a conclusion that solution to transportation problems will require high-service, low-capital, cost-effective systems. Development of additional ways for people to get to work is, with the energy shortage, a matter of urgency in the area. The shared ride in small vehicles, or 'para-transit', has emerged as an attractive alternative to driving alone. The focus in developing alternatives to the automobile must be to determine which system - car or van pool, taxi, bus or other mass transit - is cost competitive with the automobile and best serves work trips going to specific locations. Small vehicle, door-to-door systems complement the system of large buses in serving the downtown area and could be additionally attractive for up to 40% of the estimated 830,000 daily work trips. The savings and benefits from a major effort at shared ride systems could be substantial for the employee, employer, and for the public. These low cost shared ride systems are available, but steps must be taken to resolve certain issues and make them more widely available.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Public Service Options

    Syndicate Building, 84 6th Street South
    Minneapolis, MN  USA  55402

    National Science Foundation

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    Washington, DC  USA  20550
  • Authors:
    • Shallbetter, C
    • Herzberg, G G
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

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  • Pagination: 74 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00185996
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NSF-RA/G-75-078
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-DI-42621
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1981 12:00AM