Small-scale study suggests that TNCs are particularly effective mobility solutions for short-term business trips.

The study, which focused on the difference in behavior when renting a car or using TNCs for transportation, found that TNCs could encourage significant cost saving effects.

Columbus; Ohio; United States

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The following lessons were derived from the source report:
  • When using TNCs as the primary mode of transportation, the subject booked downtown hotels, as the cost of parking was no longer relevant. This led to such trips having a miles-traveled-per-day rate of less than half that of trips using rental cars.
  • The use of TNCs was found to be significantly more economical than the use of rental cars, with less than half the total per-day cost. This was attributed to the lack of parking, gas, and insurance expenses.
  • The cost-per-mile of the two modes differed insignificantly, indicating that the price advantage of using TNCs was due to the lower distance traveled. Thus, the comparative advantage of using TNCs would likely be significantly reduced if close lodging is not available, or if longer trips were required.
The use of pre-existing data and the lack of required preprocessing indicates that such analyses may be a low-cost way for organizations to better understand their employees' travel habits, and possibly implement data-based guidelines for travel practices.

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Business Traveler Behavioral Shifts from Ride-Hailing: A Before-After Case Study

Author: Young, Alyssa Lynn et. al.

Published By: ITS America

Source Date: 06/04/2018

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Lesson ID: 2018-00848