Effectiveness of Car Pooling



Effectiveness of Car Pooling

Authors

MESCIK M, SAMMER G and ROIDER O, University fuer Bodenkultur, Austria

Description

As the level of motorisation is increasing steadily, most city centres and their surroundings suffer from severe congestion. Authorities cannot cope with this onslaught of motorised vehicles solely by new infrastructure. Even if space and funds are availa

Abstract

As the level of motorisation is increasing steadily, most city centres and their surroundings suffer from severe congestion. Authorities cannot cope with this onslaught of motorised vehicles solely by new infrastructure. Even if space and funds are available, environmental restrictions often prevent new road construction. This situation will become more critical in the future.

Nevertheless, plenty of space can be offered to people on the move. - The space inside the cars. In commuter traffic in an average peak period ten cars are used to transport 12 persons. Therefore transport policy ought to promote car-pooling to make the unused space inside the cars available to commuters and thus providing benefits to both individuals and the public. Car-pooling is not very popular in Europe, where public transport is easily available. Little is known about people's attitudes towards car-pooling. Most schemes to promote it have therefore proven ineffective.

This paper is concerned with an European research project on car-pooling called ICARO. As the project is currently in the evaluation stage, further information will be given at the European Transport Conference.

Publisher

Association for European Transport