THE SHARED-RIDE TAXI SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS STUDY

Shared-ride taxi (SRT) is different from the exclusive-ride taxi (ERT) in that the taxi may be shared by unrelated passengers with different origins/destinations. By simultaneously serving more than one passenger, SRT may improve vehicle productivity, permit fare reductions, and increase taxicab ridership. SRT may also serve as an integrated-transit feeder to conventional transit in suburban communities, thereby attracting new ridership to both SRT and transit. The major objective of the study is to develop the system requirements and perform a functional design of the computer control system (CCS) for an automated shared-ride taxi system. A secondary objective is to identify the environmental and system context in which these requirements are applicable. The study provides substantial evidence that the SRT-CCS concept is not only technically feasible and within the present state-of-the-art but also economically attractive for SRT fleets of 50 vehicles or more. Certain technical problem areas have been identified and should be resolved, but they do not appear to be unsolvable or to jeopardize the technical success of the concept. Appendix A of this report provides a bibliography that covers the entire study, not just this final report.

  • Corporate Authors:

    DAVEW Systems, Incorporated

    Transmax Division
    Anaheim, CA  United States  92803

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Fielding, G J
    • Potter, B E
    • SIMPSON, A U
    • Tuan, P L
    • Wong, P J
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 167 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00199103
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-UMTA-79-26 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1272
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1980 12:00AM