This report presents the findings from a study examining the travel behavior of immigrant groups in California. The first phase of the study involved analyzing Census data on commute travel of California immigrants from 1980, 1990, and 2000. Phase two of the study involved focus groups with recent Mexican immigrants in six California regions regarding transportation experiences and needs. The third phase of the study involved interviews conducted with community-based organization in nine California regions regarding the transportation needs and desires of these immigrants.
Energy consumption could be reduced if more people shared rides rather than driving alone, yet carpooling represents a small proportion of all potential carpoolers.
Prior research has found that many who might carpool were concerned about reduced flexibility with carpooling. If flexibility is one of the barriers, how could carpooling be organized to be more flexible?
Dorinson, Diana, Deanna Gay, Paul Minett and Susan Shaheen (2009). “Flexible Carpooling: Exploratory Study.”
TCRP Ridesharing Synthesis Report
Since the late 1990s, numerous ridematching programmes have integrated the Internet, mobile phones, and social networking into their services. Online ridematching systems are employing a range of new strategies to create “critical mass”: (1) regional and large employer partnerships, (2) financial incentives, (3) social networking to younger populations, and (4) real-time ridematching services that employ “smartphones” and automated ridematching software.