Transportation systems in many North American cities are being disrupted by the arrival of a new form of ridesharing: the “smart-phone dispatched shared ride”.  Some claim these are unregulated taxis, while others see this as the key to unlocking the empty-seat resource to reduce congestion.  Some regulators are fighting back, while others are changing laws to make it easier for the newcomers.

In their landmark paper, Ridesharing in North America: Past, Present, and Future, Susan Shaheen and Nelson Chan explored the history of this energy conserving and congestion reducing transport mode, and envisioned a future that didn’t anticipate arranging private transportation for customers ‘on-demand’ via smart-phone apps.  And yet within two years services these ‘instant ride-sourcing’ services such as Uber, SideCar, Lyft, and Hilo are the ones setting an aggressive pace for reform.

Now the content is being updated, and the future re-envisioned in real time. Read the original Report >>

Join us April 17 as:

  • Report author Susan Shaheen, of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, describes the background to Ridesharing and provides a provocative analysis of the new trends;
  • Our panel responds to Dr Shaheen’s analysis.  The panel is made up of:
    • Sunil Paul, CEO of SideCar;
    • Timothy Papandreou, Deputy Director, Sustainable Streets Planning, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency;
  • Larry Filler, Regional Director, UrbanTrans North America, moderates a discussion in which speakers will exchange thoughts on this important topic and answer questions from the webinar audience.

This webinar is hosted by the National Center for Transit Research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.

Date: 17 April, 2013

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Eastern

Cost: Free

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