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...
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