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Does Adoption of Ridehailing Result in More Frequent Sustainable Mobility Choices? An Investigation Based on the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) 2017 Data

Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
Smart Cities 2020, 3(2), 385-400; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3020020
Received: 27 March 2020 / Revised: 29 April 2020 / Accepted: 7 May 2020 / Published: 11 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Smart Transportation)
Among many changes potentially induced by the adoption of ridehailing, one key area of interest in transportation and urban planning research is how these services affect sustainable mobility choices, such as usage of public transit, walking, and biking modes and lower ownership of household vehicles. In this study, by using subsamples of the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) 2017 data, propensity score matching technique is applied to generate matched samples of ridehailing adopters and non-adopters from ten different core-based statistical areas in the U.S. Results from multivariable count data regression models built on the matched samples indicate that, on average, the count of public transit trips is greater for adopters compared against identical non-adopters in all ten areas. Regarding average counts of walking and biking trips, adopters tend to make more trips in most of the places, although a few exceptions are also found. However, the relationship between ridehailing adoption and count of household vehicles appears to be more complicated as adopters, on average, seem to have a lower or higher number of vehicles than identical non-adopters, depending on the area. One major limitation of this study is that, in the statistical analyses, effects of attitudinal and detailed geographic variables are not directly controlled for, which complicates causal interpretations of findings. View Full-Text
Keywords: ridehailing; public transit; walking; biking; vehicle ownership; sustainable mobility; propensity score matching; count data regression ridehailing; public transit; walking; biking; vehicle ownership; sustainable mobility; propensity score matching; count data regression
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Das, V. Does Adoption of Ridehailing Result in More Frequent Sustainable Mobility Choices? An Investigation Based on the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) 2017 Data. Smart Cities 2020, 3, 385-400. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3020020

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Das V. Does Adoption of Ridehailing Result in More Frequent Sustainable Mobility Choices? An Investigation Based on the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) 2017 Data. Smart Cities. 2020; 3(2):385-400. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3020020

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Das, Vivekananda. 2020. "Does Adoption of Ridehailing Result in More Frequent Sustainable Mobility Choices? An Investigation Based on the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) 2017 Data" Smart Cities 3, no. 2: 385-400. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3020020

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