The ATRAVEL Tool was developed to estimate costs, travel time, and emissions of private vehicle ownership and other travel modes based on your location and travel patterns.
Private vehicle ownership provides us with significant benefits, allowing us to get to the places we want to go. However, vehicle ownership is typically a household’s second-largest expenditure, while annually the average driver spends more than 300 hours in their vehicle and of that time about 100 hours in congestion and 17 hours looking for parking. In addition, automobiles are a significant contributor to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
New mobility options offer the promise to change how people travel within their communities. Specifically, the development of ride-hailing as well as ride-, car-, bike-, and scooter-sharing services have provided an alternative to vehicle ownership.
The feasibility of using those options will depend on where you live and how you travel, which ATRAVEL will help you examine.
You own/lease your vehicle.
Individual passenger hires a vehicle and driver via mobile app to pick them up and drop them off at specific locations. Vehicle is not shared with any other riders, nor does it make several stops along a route. Service managed by TNCs.
Multiple riders share the same vehicle and will have multiple stops along a route to pick up and/or drop off different passengers. Service managed by TNCs.
Vehicles that are available for short-term rentals with pickup/drop off locations in numerous place within a service area. Service managed by private companies (ZipCar, Car2Go) or public-private partnerships (BlueLA, BlueIndy).
Bikes/scooters that are available for short-term rentals. Pickup/drop off for “docked” systems are at specific locations, while “dockless” are at arbitrary locations in the service area. Bike services typically managed by local government, while scooters are managed by private companies (e.g. Bird, Lime).
Public transportation by modes such as buses, light rail, or subway that provides regular and scheduled service. Service managed by local government.
Combining public and private transportation services (transit, ride-hail, car-share, bike-share, etc.) through a unified gateway that manages everything from trip planning to payment.