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STATUS: In Progress YEAR: 2019 TOPIC AREA: Public transit, land use, and urban mobility Transportation planning, policy, and finance CENTER: PSR

A National Study of Dockless Transportation: Land Use and Demographic Correlates of Trip Hotspots and Mode Shift

Project Summary

Project number: PSR-19-02
Funding source: Caltrans
Funding amount: $100,000
Contract number: 65A0674 TO 014
Start and end dates: 8/1/2019 to 12/31/2020

Projet description

The researcher will partner with a major dockless mobility company, Lime, to analyze dockless trip origin and destination data in a broad cross-section of cities and markets in the United States. Lime will also provide the data from a recent mode choice survey of their users. A key aspect of that survey is a question which asked users to self-report how they would have traveled on their most recent dockless trip had dockless mobility not been available - i.e. their self-reported "alternate" mode. Lime researchers, including Dr. Calvin Thigpen, policy research manager for Lime, will collaborate in the analysis. Additionally, the City of Los Angeles has agreed to provide data for scooter dockless mobility. The city has trip origin and destination data for all scooter companies licensed within Los Angeles. This will allow some comparison between the Lime data and (for one dockless mode - scooters) and the larger market, to provide insights into whether the Lime data are representative of the full market. Support letters from both Lime and the City of Los Angeles are included later in this proposal.


Marlon Boarnet
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Professor & Director of Graduate Programs in Urban Planning, Sol Price School of Public Policy
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 301CLos Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
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