SUMC research projects currently underway include:
Upcoming: Study on Private Transit Services in the United States
SUMC is conducting a study for Transportation Research Board (TRB) to explore the effects of UberPool, microtransit, tech shuttles and other forms of private transit in the U.S. The report – Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Project J-11/Task 24: “Private Transit Services and Public Transportation” – will also provide valuable information to help cities address challenges related to existing private transportation services and build new cross-sector relationships with operators. For more information click here.
Upcoming: Benchmarking Study on European Shared Mobility Services
SUMC is working with Leidos and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct a global benchmarking report to study Europe’s experience in planning, implementing and supporting shared mobility services. The report will also feature best practices and recommendations that the US should consider to help advance state-of-the-art practice in shared mobility.
Recent SUMC research projects include:
A new study by SUMC for the Transit Cooperative Research Program finds that peak use of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft comes on weekends and evenings, not during rush hours when public-transit use is highest. SUMC’s findings were based on one of the first uses of origin-destination trip data provided by a major TNC. This finding was presented in TCRP Report 195, Broadening Understanding of the Interplay between Public Transit, Shared Mobility, and Personal Automobiles. Read more about the study here.
SUMC completed a study for the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) to examine the evolving relationship between public transportation — including paratransit and demand-responsive services — and new, tech-enabled forms of shared mobility such as ridesourcing. The report covers opportunities and challenges for public transportation as they relate to new mobility services and potential actions that public agencies may take to promote cooperation between public and private mobility providers. Access the study here.
To complement its Shared Mobility Toolkit, SUMC developed a companion report that provides an overview of each tool along with policy recommendations, trends by city size and type, and shared mobility growth scenarios for the project’s 27 participating cities. Access the report here.
SUMC completed a research analysis for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) based on information generated as part of Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 188 on the Impact of On-Demand Mobility Services on Public Transit. The analysis draws from a wide variety of sources, including interviews with public officials, a survey of shared mobility users and an analysis of Uber and transit demand in seven cities.
SUMC has developed a Shared-Use Mobility Reference guide to help prepare government, business, and community leaders to address the rapid changes currently taking place in cities across the nation. The guide includes recommended definitions for new shared modes of transportation, updates on the latest industry trends, evaluation of changing local government roles and policy choices and more. Access the guide here.