Sustainability, Scalability, and Resiliency of the Town of Innisfil Mobility-on-Demand Experiment: Preliminary Results, Analyses, and Lessons Learned

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Abstract

In 2017, the town of Innisfil, Ontario, launched Innisfil Transit in partnership with Uber, a transportation network company, to provide a subsidized on-demand public mobility service as an alternative to investing in a new fixed-route bus service. The performance of Innisfil Transit is documented in a 2021 Ryerson University report by Sweet, Mitra, and Benaroya, which shows greater cost effectiveness of the mobility provided over the proposed bus alternative. This paper expands on those findings by assessing Innisfil Transit with respect to sustainability, scalability, and resiliency. First, we quantify the energy and emissions of this program relative to traditional transit and driving alone across varying powertrains. We then characterize a conservative first-order estimate of the percentage of US communities that fall within a similar spatial-demographic tier as Innisfil. Replicability also hinges on service cost and performance in comparison to average values for low-density transit in the US. Lastly, most transit agencies experienced a significant drop in demand (as much as 90%) with slowly rebounding ridership since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resiliency of the Innisfil program to the pressures induced by the pandemic is examined in comparison to other transit operations. The lessons learned across these three dimensions complement prior work to better understand the efficiency and sustainability of on-demand public mobility service for low-density communities like Innisfil.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages239-250
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
EventInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2022 - Seattle, Washington
Duration: 31 May 20223 Jun 2022

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2022
CitySeattle, Washington
Period31/05/223/06/22

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5400-80754 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5400-84533

Keywords

  • COVID-19 recovery
  • mobility on demand
  • small urban and rural
  • transit
  • transportation network companies

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