Car sharing fails all transport systems objectives and has a fatal flaw

Submitted by john on Tue, 17/12/2019 - 15:19

Car sharing reduces the cost of car trips, so increases the number of trips by car, and increases congestion and trip time. It is a cheaper version of the taxi. But it is also a version of “mobility as a service”. Single hire is assumed with a driver required, direct routes and only one stop per trip.
As a result, Car Sharing will:
* not reduce crashes, but will have more crashes;
* have no monitoring, and have increased exposure during travel, and when waiting, so will greatly increase assaults;
* not improve amenity by reducing car traffic, but will increase car traffic, so retaining pollution and decreasing amenity;
* not remove congestion, but make it much worse by increasing traffic;
* not make trip times faster, but make congested trips much slower;
* not generate extra revenue, but will increase existing demands for expenditure;
* not create more jobs, but the congestion increase will waste many more jobs;
* not create trip time reliability, but will increase the number of traffic incidents and void any possibility of managed traffic;
* not reduce CO2, but the increased congestion will reduce the benefits accruing from reduced emissions by cars;
* and it is not cheap enough to improve rural service.
In short, it fails all objectives, and has a fatal flaw of not enough mode change. It gives worse service.