CARPOOLING: TWO SURVEYS INVESTIGATING FOUNDATIONS FOR ITS APPLICATION

Questionnaires and results relating to two surveys dealing with the potential application of carpooling are presented. The first survey was concerned with the potential interest in carpooling among employees at a major factory in Leicester. The results indicate that carpooling potential with respect to a major work site would be approximately double that obtained for access to city centre zones (17% for this study as opposed to 7-8% for the analysis of the Sheffield-Rotherham land use transportation study). In practice, rates of carpool usage substantially below the potential figures would be expected, assuming no untoward external factors which prompt a sudden upsurge in interest. The second survey dealing with the attitudes of bus operators to defined policies encouraging carpooling led to the perhaps not surprising conclusion that the operators approached did not apparently favour any policy promoting carpooling. They are clearly more in favour of other approaches towards traffic restraint. The present survey was concerned solely with general policies. If bus operators can see that a scheme for carpooling will have advantages of a positive nature for bus operations (e.g. allowing an extension of bus lanes) they may be prepared to show a little acquiescence. Certainly, bus operators appeared aware of the potential use of data collected for carpool matching as a means of monitoring the suitability of public transport services in relation to the potential market of users. /TRRL/

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    Loughborough University of Technology

    Department of Transport Technology
    Loughborough,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Tomlinson, R W
    • Kellet, J S
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

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  • Accession Number: 00188048
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report TT 7804 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1981 12:00AM