Sustainable Transportation Center, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS), Urban Land Use and Transportation Center
Shaheen, Susan A. and Caroline J. Rodier (2008) EasyConnect: Low-Speed Modes Linked to Transit Planning Project. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-08-33
Although the EasyConnect program was initially designed to bridge the barriers to access from public transit stations to employment locations, the results of the field test indicated higher participation demand by Day Users (e.g., lunch, business meetings, errands) rather than by commuters. This may have been a function of the institutional support available for the program in the area. The Contra Costa Centre, which is walking distance from the Pleasant Hill BART station, was able to provide significantly more support to the program relative to employers and business centers further away from the station. The availability of the low-speed modes for Day Use at the Contra Costa Centre, however, may have allowed for a higher level of public transit use and carpool commuting. Even without accounting for such mode shifts, the evaluation results indicate net benefits for both commute and Day Use program participants from reduced vehicle travel and increased physical activity. In the future, shared-use low speed mode programs, like EasyConnect, should continue to examine pedestrian concerns about the use of these modes on trails and sidewalks.
Share-use modes, low-speed modes or devices, bicycle sharing, last mile, public transportation, intelligent transportation systems