Public-private partnerships with public transit, local government agencies, and ridesourcing in Denver, CO

Authors: Sylvia Brady*, University of Denver
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: ridesourcing, TNCs, PPPs, public transit
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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In recent years, there has been an explosion in the shared economy that has brought innovation and efficiency to many sectors. Shared mobility in particular has boomed since the introduction of bikesharing, carsharing, and ridesourcing and their interaction with the on-demand economy. Ridesourcing, the use of private vehicles and drivers summoned by smartphone apps such as Lyft and Uber, along with the entrance of autonomous vehicles (AVs), could contribute to the end of private vehicle ownership. Public-private partnerships between ridesourcing companies and public agencies are just getting off the ground around the U.S., with pilot programs between local governments and transit agencies and several of the largest ridesourcing companies, Uber and Lyft. With proper integration of ridesourcing with public transit and local municipalities, these new P3s could greatly affect the cost and efficiency of transportation provision across the U.S. The full benefits and shortcomings of utilizing ridesourcing as a partner to provide services or integrate with public transit has not yet been fully researched. Using interviews with public and private agencies involved in ridesourcing P3s and data analysis of pilot program results, this research seeks to address the gap in the literature of P3s and ridesourcing by documenting the characteristics of pilot programs across the U.S, and specifically in the Denver metropolitan region. This research identifies how transit agencies and local governments are partnering with ridesourcing companies, documents the pilot programs produced thus far, and measures their success in achieving the goals of both the private and public sector partners.

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