Research gets more robust on potential of shared mobility

Academic and industry studies indicate that carsharing can lead to:

  • Participants selling their own vehicles or forgoing second vehicle purchases
  • Increased walking and biking
  • Reduced vehicle miles traveled (VMT)
  • Increased access and mobility for formerly carless households
  • Reduced fuel consumption and GHG emissions, and
  • Greater environmental awareness.

A study involving multiple carsharing operators found that each round trip in a shared vehicle resulted in an average of 9 to 13 other vehicles being taken off the road. The “missing” vehicles include ones not sold.

Another study showed that roundtrip carsharing had a neutral-to-negative impact on public-transit ridership. Four of five carshare users used rail more, and nine of 10 took the bus more often than they had before. The frequencies of walking, biking and car...

Continue reading this article by Susan Shaheen at mobilitylab.org