The Potential of Ridesharing to Ease Congestion

Figure 1:  Our analysis of commute flows collected by the Census Bureau indicates that US cities have significant untapped ridesharing potential.

The increasing populations of metropolitan areas are straining the transportation infrastructure in the United States. In addition to the wasting time, congestion consumes almost two billion gallons of fuel annually contributing to local air quality problems and climate change. Even in favorable fiscal environments, highway capacity improvements and transit expansions have completely failed to ease congestion.[1]

1982 – Average auto commuter lost 14.4 hours due to congestion 2011 – Average auto commuter lost 34.4 hours due to congestion

With the fiscal situation unlikely to improve, state and local governments need new ideas for dealing with congestion in the coming … read more

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