Transit and Car-Sharing Get Boost from Technology

The increase in transit ridership and carsharing isn't just due to the rise in gas prices, but also the rise in new technologies providing up-to-the-minute reports on location and ride availability.

Christopher Dempsey of the Massachusetts Department of Transport spoke at a recent event about the technological boom that is increasing ridership.

"Transit riders have a higher adoption of smartphones" than Americans as a whole, Dempsey told New Urban News. In Chicago, where the Chicago Transit Authority is installing a data feed that reports on every bus, "28 percent of their riders have smartphones," he said. "We think smartphones will be as ubiquitous as cellphones are now. The cost is coming down." He further points out that in the Boston area, "someone built a 617 phone number that you can call and get bus predictions. Also, there are websites that are free."

Thanks to Renee Brutvan

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Carpooling Networks Needed

Related to this, existing carpooling networks need better advertisements and greater participation. There are too many individual drivers on the roads who could easily be sharing their ride with a neighbor who works in a similar locale.

For those carpooling networks that do exist, they simply aren't being promoted/advertised enough- not enough people know about them.

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