Guidelines for Selecting Matching Techniques for Ride Sharing

Report No: 83-R18

Published in 1982

About the report:

Several matching techniques for ride sharing are available to serve a wide range of operating conditions. There is a need for guidelines to aid ride-sharing agencies in Virginia in selecting the most appropriate matching technique. The objective of this research was to develop such guidelines, information on the state of the art of ride-share matching techniques was obtained through a literature review and telephone requests of ride-sharing agencies and selected state departments of transportation. Interviews were conducted with personnel of the eleven ride-sharing agencies operating in Virginia to obtain information for an analysis of their ride-share matching techniques. Factors that identify the threshold point at which a computerized matching technique should be considered in lieu of a manual technique were defined. Guidelines that provide a procedure for selecting a matching technique by comparing the ride-sharing agency's matching needs with the capabilities of a selected group of matching techniques were developed.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.

Last updated: January 18, 2024

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