Most transit agencies and transportation network companies (TNCs) play in different sandboxes, managing their operations independently, but a new study released by DePaul University's Chaddick Institute shows that many have found the allure of collaborating too powerful to resist. More than two dozen municipal governments and transit agencies have formed partnerships with TNCs to enhance mobility options.
The study, Partners in Transit: A Review of Partnerships between Transportation Network Companies and Public Agencies, explores 29 partnerships designed to allow transit operators and TNCs (predominately Lyft and Uber)
to concentrate on what they do best. "The programs allow transit providers
direct resources to serving commuters, and other core strengths, while TNCs
fill gaps, offer first/mile last-mile solutions, and improve demand-responsive
This, as noted by Joe Schwieterman, a DePaul professor and co-author of the report.
This strategy is not without risk, but is backed by research showing ridesharing
and transit can complement each other in many situations. The elephant in the
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