What does carpooling in the 2010s look like?
Once a major option for commuters, carpooling has fallen from its heights in the 1970s. While only about 10 percent of Americans take it today, down from a 20 percent peak, that doesn’t mean it makes any less sense.
Today, new apps are looking to make it easier to connect people interested in carpooling, and the growing popularity of ride-hailing apps offers encouraging signs.
But, the challenge is not the technology: the challenge is human behavior. In order to change the way Americans think about carpooling, services will have to identify and address the key barriers to large-scale change. More information.
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Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family. Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had a troubling recent history – mainly when it comes to the ways we get to and from work. Carpooling… Read more »
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The Washington D.C. area has a deceptively large number of transportation options. Metro, bikeshare and city buses, of course, but what about the D.C. Circulator busline or the Fairfax Connector buses? Is Car2Go actually the best way to get downtown in a hurry? Is there a way to provide this information that would push commuters… Read more »