This report describes the design and preliminary results of a Carpool Coordinator Demonstration Study in Albany, New York. The purpose of the study is to test whether trained coordinators working within large employment sites can materially increase the incidence of ridesharing through informal matching of personality and social factors as well as residence location. A carefully constructed quasi-experimental design involving three "test" and three "control" agencies of New York State government is being used to isolate the effects of the coordinators, parking difficulty, and background trends on ridesharing. The study began in December 1978 and will continue for 1 year. Surveys of employees in the 6 agencies were conducted in November 1978 to obtain "before" data on ridesharing behavior and attitudes. Major results show (1) about 43% of employees presently rideshare to work, but only 34% consider themselves "carpoolers"; only 1/2 of these riding with other family members considered themselves carpoolers; (2) carpooler trips are longer than those of solo drivers, there are few other demographic distinctions between the two groups; (3) carpoolers like the cost and gasoline savings they obtain; solo drivers recognize these savings, but count independence and privacy more heavily; (4) most solo drivers say they would not carpool or do so only under a national gas rationing plan; (5) the "carpool coordinator" idea was preferred as a method of helping people form carpools. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in part with the financial assistance of the Department of Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Lockheed Missiles and Space Company Incorporated

    Planning Division
    San Diego, CA  United States  92101
  • Authors:
    • Brunso, J M
    • Hartgen, D T
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 42 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195407
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Research Report 150
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM