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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-13-053    Date:  May 2013
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-13-053
Date: May 2013

 

Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Casual Carpooling Focus Group Study

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Technical Report Documentation Page

15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA’s Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR): Zachary Ellis, HRTM-30
FHWA Technical Contact: Allen Greenberg
Department of the Navy Technical Contact: Marc Oliphant


 

INTRODUCTION

This report documents a qualitative research study sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program that was conducted from June 2012 through September 2012 to explore the phenomenon of casual carpooling. FHWA’s EAR Program addresses the need to conduct longer term and higher risk breakthrough research with the potential for transformational improvement to plan; build; renew; and operate safe, congestion-free, and environmentally sound transportation systems. This study is one component of a two-part study that explored the mechanics, logistics, and success of the practice. During November and December 2010, the EAR Program supported a team that consisted of transportation professionals, academic faculty, and business entrepreneurs who visited casual carpooling lines in Washington, DC; Houston, TX; and San Francisco, CA, to observe and compare practices among the three locations. The Casual Carpooling Scan Report is documented in a separate report, and Appendix B to the Casual Carpooling Scan Report is also available separately.(1,2)


 

Washington, DC

In the Washington, DC, area, casual carpooling is commonly referred to as “slugging.” As shown in figure 1, casual carpooling occurs in the Washington, DC, area primarily along Interstate (I) 95 and I-395 between Washington and Northern Virginia, extending as far south as the north side of Fredericksburg, VA. A few “slug lines” also operate along I-66 heading westbound out of Washington to Manassas, VA. Casual carpooling in this region is equally active during the morning (starting as early as 5:30 a.m. and lasting until 8:45 a.m.) and afternoon (starting as early as 3 p.m. and continuing until 6 p.m.) commutes.


 

Table 3. Participant summary (San Francisco, CA, region).
Errata for Table 3. Participant summary (San Francisco, CA, region).

 

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