A detour-based pricing mechanism for first-mile ridesharing in connection with rail public transit

Zheyong Bian, Xiang Liu

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Abstract

Rail public transit provides passengers with low cost, widely covered, environment-friendly travel service. However, many travelers do not choose the rail public transit because they are hindered by the first mile bottleneck - how to get to the train station. Ridesharing emerges as a viable transportation mode in connection with rail public transit. This paper designs a detour-based discounting mechanism for the first-mile ridesharing service to encourage more passengers to use the rail public transit. Specifically, passengers are incentivized by the mechanism to participate in the first-mile ridesharing service in connection with train stations. The mechanism accounts for passengers' personalized requirement on the detour in determining the optimal vehicle-passenger matching, vehicle routing plan, and the pricing scheme. The New Brunswick train station (a New Jersey Transit station) is selected as the testbed to implement the proposed first-mile ridesharing mechanism. The results verify the application viability of the mechanism and demonstrate that the mechanism is effective to incentivize passengers to use the rail public transit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2018
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791850978
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Event2018 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2018 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Apr 18 2018Apr 20 2018

Publication series

Name2018 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2018

Other

Other2018 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period4/18/184/20/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Transportation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering

Keywords

  • Detour-based discounting
  • First mile
  • Mechanism design
  • Rail public transit
  • Ridesharing

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