we join the article in midstream, Bob Behnke is discussing a chat
with Joel Garreau (author of Edge City):
"When he was in Portland, Garreau and I discussed ways to integrate
smart jitneys with conventional transit, paratransit (e.g., taxi,
dial-a-ride minibuses, shuttles) and ride-sharing services in order
to make public transportation systems more user-friendly and more
taxpayer-friendly, even in low-density areas.
Smart jitneys would operate in travel corridors when and where
big-box transit is not cost-effective, including feeder services to
bus and rail stations, and to handle peak loads. They would provide
backup transportation to those who prefer to car pool or walk or
bicycle most of the time.
Market research conducted by the University of Washington for the
U.S. Department of Transportation found that 42 percent of drivers
of single-occupant vehicles would consider using smart-jitney
services if they were available.
Garreau and I also discussed integrating smart-jitney dispatching
and congestion pricing with many other wireless-Internet
applications to form "smart community" systems that could reduce
traffic congestion, gasoline consumption, air pollution, parking and
mobility problems, and create a wide variety of new business,
employment, education and recreation opportunities for local
residents at a low cost to users and taxpayers."
Also on Behnke, from VTPI http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm34.htm
Minerva Dynamic Ridesharing Service (Behnke, 1996)
The Minerva System uses cellular phones, palmtop computers, and
wireless data communications to provide low-cost, door-to-door
transportation in low-density areas and low travel corridors. The
service can be integrated with conventional transit, paratransit and
ridesharing services, plus consumer services such as home shopping,
telebanking and e-mail, to help reduce the need for some trips
altogether. The Oregon State legislature has committed $1.5 million
to this project, with additional commitments of $3 million in
matching funds from local pilot sites, and $1 million in in-kind
support from private management consulting outfits.