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Transit and New Shared-Use Modes: Key Questions from the Transit Industry Perspective

Public transit agencies have been doing much individual soul-searching to position themselves with respect to the explosion of new shared-use modes (ridesourcing, carsharing, bikesharing, etc.), while trying to understand the implications of these new modes on their own services, determine whether these new mobility services are complementary or competitive to existing fixed-route and demand-responsive services, understand policy and regulatory implications and develop frameworks for cooperation and initiatives where feasible and desirable.

However, it may be useful to take a broader, more strategic perspective on the above challenges. A recent concise discussion paper, “Transit and New Shared-Use Modes—Key Questions from the Transit Agency’s Perspective,” has as its objective to identify and categorize the key questions public transit agencies should be asking themselves as they try to position themselves in the new arena of urban mobility. The perspective is that of the agency.

The key questions in the discussion paper have emerged from several structured discussions at workshops and meetings that took place in 2015-2016, in conjunction with events jointly organized by APTA and ITS America, under the sponsorship of U.S. DOT.

The key questions identified through these discussions of experts have been categorized in the six following areas, which are explored in the paper:

* Policy Goal and Objectives;
* Transportation Planning;
* Data;
* Transit Planning/Service Design and Delivery;
* Role of Technology—Travel Information; and
* Role of Technology—Payment.

The discussion paper concludes by recommending research and other initiatives that would enable public transit agencies to address related challenges and pursue opportunities.

The paper is free and available by contacting the author, Dr. Brendon Hemily
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