This report examines Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) as they apply to carsharing and transit. Two modes
that provide mobility to those who do not own a car.
In the first study, researchers developed and administered a survey to members of HOURCAR, a local not-forprofit
carsharing organization (CSO), and a randomly selected control group. The data reveals that (1) each
HOURCAR removes 2.5 other vehicles; (2) HOURCAR members demonstrate an interest in deciding whether a
car is their most efficient option for their trip, (3) HOURCAR respondents were not significantly different from the
control group in terms of household size, income, age or housing type; and (4) most members indicated
convenience and financial considerations were key to joining.
The second study seeks to understand how citizen perceptions of trust and confidence in an agency, and its
services, are impacted by the use of advanced traveler information systems (ATIS), specifically, an online trip
planner developed and maintained by MetroTransit. A survey and focus group indicate connections between online
use and perceptions about the agency. Notably, a strong positive view of the trip planner was associated with trust
in the agency to perform the service.
Douma, Frank; Gaug, Ryan; Horan, Tom; Schooley, Ben.
Improving Carsharing and Transit Service with ITS.
Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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