City CarShare longer-term travel demand and car ownership impacts

Robert Cervero, Aaron Golub, Brendan Nee

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    Four years after the introduction of City CarShare in the San Francisco, Bay area in California, 29% of carshare members had gotten rid of one or more cars, and 4.8% of members' trips and 5.4% of their vehicle miles traveled were in carshare vehicles. Matched-pair comparisons with a statistical control group suggest that, over time, members have reduced total vehicular travel. However, most declines occurred during the first 1 to 2 years of the program; 3 to 4 years after City CarShare's inauguration, earlier declines had leveled off. Because many carshare vehicles are small and fuel-efficient but can carry several people, the trend in per capita gasoline consumption also is down-ward. Mindful of the cumulative costs of driving, carshare members appear to have become more judicious and selective when deciding whether to drive, take public transit, walk, bike, or even forgo a trip. Coupled with reduced personal car ownership, these factors have given rise to a resourceful form of automobility in the San Francisco Bay area.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationTransit Management, Technology, and Planning
    Number of pages11
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

    Publication series

    NameTransportation Research Record
    ISSN (Print)0361-1981

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering


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