Through a Climate Initiatives grant from MTC, CCTA is participating in a three-county Real-Time Ridesharing (RTR) program. RTR involves using smart-phone applications ("apps") to help riders and drivers call out to one another to create an instant carpool. The technology vendor for this project is Avego Corporation. The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) and the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) are CCTA's partners in this effort.
Much experimental work has already been done to explore RTR opportunities, but this will be the first "on the ground" pilot program for the Bay Area.
Working closely with SCTA and TAM, Contra Costa is now gearing up to deploy a pilot program in Fall 2012. Click on the links below for additional background information:
- Case Study in Real-Time Ridesharing [PDF-935 KB] - SR 520 Carpooling Pilot Project, Seattle, WA (O'Sullivan)
- Dyett & Bhatia Memo [PDF-60 KB]: Ridesharing applications for Smartphones (Dyett 2011)
- Intelli-carpooling: A Proposal to Expand Casual Carpooling Opportunities Through ITS [PDF-305 KB] (Engelmann 1997)
- Real-Time Ridesharing [PDF-308 KB] - The Opportunities & Challenges of Utilizing Mobile Phone Technology to Improve Rideshare Services - Draft (Amey 2011)
- Implementing Real-Time Ridesharing in the San Francisco Bay Area [PDF-600 KB] (Heinrich 2010)
- Carpooling meets the Information Age [PDF-7.5 MB] (Oliphant and Amey 2010)
- Real-Time Ridesharing Exploring the Opportunities & Challenges of Designing a Technology based Rideshare Trial for the MIT Community [PDF-5.7 MB] (Amey 2010)
- A Proposed Methodology for Estimating Rideshare Viability within an Organization, applied to the MIT Community [PDF-885 KB] (Amey 2010)
- Designing for participation in local social ridesharing networks [PDF-544 KB] - grass roots prototyping of IT systems (Brereton 2010)
- Markets for Dynamic Ridesharing [PDF-2.1 MB] - The Case of Berkeley (Deakin 2009)
- CARPOOLNOW [PDF-190 KB]: Just-In-Time Carpooling Without Elaborate Preplanning (Massaro 2009)