The goal of this project is to develop recommended best practices of curb management for an array of innovative transportation modes (e.g., carsharing, bikesharing, scooter sharing, ridesourcing/transportation network companies (TNCs), etc.). Such practices may include mechanisms such as: 1) fees for access and use; 2) prioritizing access for public transportation, cyclists, pedestrians, elderly, youth, and disabled populations; 3) geofencing to limit curb access; and 4) pricing to reflect key priorities (e.g., high-occupancy vehicles, walking and cycling, clean vehicles, etc.).
This research project focuses on curbside management and planning, particularly in light of growing ridesourcing/TNC and curbside demand by a variety of modes (including low-speed modes, like e-scooters). In particular, this exploratory research will analyze and document the impacts of ridesourcing/TNCs (along with e-scooters/bikesharing) on public transit users, ridership, and the curb, as well as vulnerable populations. We envision that this research will involve 10 to 15 expert interviews on the need/role of curbside management, challenges/opportunities, and perspectives of the public and private sectors. First, we plan to survey public transit and ridesourcing/TNC drivers as part of this project. Our objective is to obtain a total sample size of 100 from the public transit and ridesourcing/TNC driver population. Next, we will survey users/non-users of the curb about their experiences (including public transit users, ridesourcing/TNC users, e-scooter/bikesharing users, and nonusers). We will conduct the survey through a panel approach (e.g., Qualtrics) and supplement at the curb in the San Francisco Bay Area (postcards with QR codes). We envision a minimum sample of 250 users (public transit, ridesourcing/TNCs, e-scooters/bikesharing) and 250 non-users. Finally, we will examine potential policy and planning strategies, as well as available data on ridesourcing/TNC ridership, e-scooter/bikesharing, and public transit ridership in the State.
Mineta Transportation Institute
San José State University
210 N. 4th St., 4th Floor
San José, CA 95112
California Department of Transportation -- $110,983