Shared mobility and transit-dependent population: A new equity opportunity or issue?

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Journal Article

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place - north america, policy - equity, mode - demand responsive transit


Shared mobility, transit desert, transportation equity, transportation network company


Using shared mobility data collected from different sources and multinomial models, this paper investigates its role in serving transit-dependent populations and whether shared mobility can reduce transit deserts in New York City (NYC). It has been found that shared mobility has an important role in serving low-income populations with no car access and physically challenged travelers. However, shared mobility activities in NYC highly concentrate in wealthier areas with better transit access and less transit-dependent population. The findings indicate that without effective and appropriate policy and planning guidance, shared mobility may exacerbate transport equity issues even though they appear to be particularly adept at serving transit-dependent travelers.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Taylor&Francis, copyright remains with them.