Community Shared Mobility Service

Jecinta Kamau, Rajib Chakraborty, Ashir Ahmed

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Low population areas and low-income people often face unreliable public transport characterized by long waiting times. Meanwhile, a private vehicle in the same area, on average, will remain inactive for long periods of time. Recent research in shared mobility systems addresses this situation. Specifically, Demand Responsive Transport, DRT, a transport alternative between a bus and taxi, and which has many specification variations, has pioneered provision of an alternative transport solution geared to reach under-served minorities. Solutions to DRT trip scheduling and costing mechanisms usually include constraints specific to the variation of DRT specifications. / We aim to maximize use of a vehicle and we propose a design of a Community shared mobility service model that provides centralized management and ICT support in in delivering multiple services in a vehicle. Our design adds time constraints of vehicle schedule to the DRT problem. We also consider cost sharing mechanism. / We focus on reducing waiting time and propose a trip scheduling and cost sharing algorithm. We base our approach on a DRT heuristic algorithm. We also consider time windows. We propose a new cost sharing mechanism, based on traditional distance costing techniques but considering, seat capacity, an approach unique to the specifications of our design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-83
Number of pages26
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 23 2019


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