Flexible Carpooling: Exploratory Study

Prior research has found that many who might carpool were concerned about reduced flexibility with carpooling. This report describes existing flexible systems, including one in Northern Virginia with 3,500 single-use carpools per day and another in San Francisco with 3,000 single-use carpools per day. The report examines flexible systems versus traditional carpooling, the impact on pubic transit, energy consumption, and liability. Results show that: 1) When compared with existing modal choices for commuting to work, flexible carpooling would be cost competitive for commuters; 2) Given the indicative societal costs and benefits, it could be a useful additional mode; and, 3) In circumstances where a transit trip involves multiple providers and poor connectivity, flexible carpooling could be expected to draw from transit, while on corridors where there is high congestion with availability of HOV lane capacity, flexible carpooling could be expected to draw from single-occupancy vehicle drivers.


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  • Accession Number: 01159609
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCD-ITS-RR-09-37
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2010 3:03PM