Information from 26 car-pool programs is reported that suggests that appeals to self-interest made through work organizations are more effective than other means of encouraging car pooling because employees of work organizations from a known population with a common destination and, typically, a similar work schedule. It is proposed that such appeals should focus on the benefits of car pooling for the individual rather than on general values such as patriotism. Interviews of selected long-term car-pool participants (2 or more years) indicated that work organizations provide a setting in which personal information about potential participants can be obtained and that this information facilitates the formation of car pools. These interviews further suggested that the intimacy of the private automobile may limit the size of car pools as well as the willingness of some individuals to participate in them. Ride-sharing programs that present alternative transportation modes may be more effective than car-pool matching programs in changing current patterns of work travel. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 48-52
  • Monograph Title: Paratransit services
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184200
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1981 12:00AM