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2019 T R A N S I T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 204 Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation Subject Areas Public Transportation â¢ Passenger Transportation Partnerships Between Transit Agencies and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) Terra Curtis Meg Merritt Carmen Chen David Perlmutter Dan Berez NelsoN\Nygaard CoNsultiNg assoCiates San Francisco, CA i n a s s o c i a t i o n w i t h Buffy Ellis KFH group, iNCorporated Bethesda, MD
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TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM The nationâs growth and the need to meet mobility, environmental, and energy objectives place demands on public transit systems. Cur- rent systems, some of which are old and in need of upgrading, must expand service area, increase service frequency, and improve efficiency to serve these demands. Research is necessary to solve operating prob- lems, adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and introduce innovations into the transit industry. The Transit Coopera- tive Research Program (TCRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the transit industry can develop innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it. The need for TCRP was originally identified in TRB Special Report 213âResearch for Public Transit: New Directions, published in 1987 and based on a study sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administrationânow the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). A report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Transportation 2000, also recognized the need for local, problem- solving research. TCRP, modeled after the successful National Coop- erative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), undertakes research and other technical activities in response to the needs of transit ser- vice providers. The scope of TCRP includes various transit research fields including planning, service configuration, equipment, facilities, operations, human resources, maintenance, policy, and administrative practices. TCRP was established under FTA sponsorship in July 1992. Proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, TCRP was authorized as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 204 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Gwen Chisholm Smith, Manager, Transit Cooperative Research Program Dianne S. Schwager, Senior Program Officer Jarrel McAfee, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications Margaret B. Hagood, Senior Editor TCRP PROJECT J-11/TASK 26 PANEL Field of Special Projects Gail Murray, Gail Murray Consulting, Walnut Creek, CA (Chair) Jessica S. Alvarez, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning, Rockville, MD Chad Ballentine, Capital Metro Transportation Authority, Austin, TX Justin Begley, City of Denver (CO) Department of Public Works, Denver, CO Alejandro Henao, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO James Kuhr, Texas DOT, Austin, TX Michael A. McCall-Delgado, Amalgamated Transit Union, Silver Spring, MD Mindy McNair, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO Jeffrey Scott Owen, TriMet, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR Deborah Schrimmer, Lyft, San Francisco, CA Conrad Wagner, Mobility Systems, Stans, Switzerland Marla Westervelt, Bird, Santa Monica, CA Bonnie Graves, FTA Liaison Charla H. Tabb, FTA Liaison Virginia Dize, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) Liaison Darnell Grisby, APTA Liaison Sheryl Gross-Glaser, CTAA Liaison Robin Riesa Phillips, National RTAP Liaison Katherine A. Kortum, TRB Liaison
Transit agencies have long relied on private sector partners to assist in delivering both fixed-route and paratransit services. During the past decade, a new class of private mobility service providers called transportation network companies (TNCs) has emerged that leverage mobile technology and digital platforms to connect customers with mobility options. TCRP Research Report 204: Partnerships Between Transit Agencies and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) provides practical guidance for decision-makers to enhance understanding and to facilitate informed decisions on where, when, and how partnerships between transit agencies and TNCs should be considered and pursued. TCRP Research Report 204 addresses the nascent field of partnerships between transit agencies and TNCs. The research included reviewing recent literature and conducting case studies of 20 existing, defunct, and in-development partnerships between transit agencies and TNCs in the United States. The case studies address the motivations for the partner- ships, regulatory and legal considerations that affected partnership design, methods for marketing, methods and metrics to measure outcomes or indicate success of partnerships, and funding mechanisms and budgets used to establish the partnerships. The report presents findings pertaining to data and information requirements of both transit agencies and TNCs; the various benefits and outcomes that transit agencies, com- munities, and customers have pursued through partnerships; and the challenges faced by transit agencies in developing partnerships with TNCs. The report culminates with a Partnership Playbook that is presented both as Chapter 6 and as a separate download available on the TRB website (www.trb.org) by searching for âTCRP Research Report 204.â The Playbook offers step-by-step guidance to transit practi- tioners interested in pursuing partnerships with TNCs. F O R E W O R D By Dianne S. Schwager Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
1 Summary 4 Chapter 1 Introduction 4 Background 8 Research Objective 8 Key Terms 10 Chapter 2 Methodology 10 Study Scope 10 The Approach 13 Chapter 3 Transit Agency Survey Results 13 Basic Partnership Information 14 Operational Characteristics 14 Regulatory Considerations 15 Contracting and Data Sharing 15 Third-Party Providers 16 Program Evaluation 17 Chapter 4 Case Studies 21 Big Blue Bus (BBB) 24 Capital Metro (Capmetro) 26 Cascades East Transit (CET) of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council 28 Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (CPTA) dba RabbitTransit 30 Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) 32 Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) 35 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) 38 Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) 40 Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) 42 Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) 45 New York City Transit (NYCT) 47 Omnitrans 49 Pierce Transit 52 Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) 56 Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) 58 San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) 60 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) 62 Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA/Metro) 64 Solano Transportation Authority (STA) 66 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) C O N T E N T S
68 Chapter 5 Findings 68 Common Motivations 69 Common Target Markets 70 Common Partnership Designs 72 Approaches to Procurement and Contracting 72 Marketing and Customer Outreach 73 Data Sharing, the NTD, and Sunshine Laws 76 ADA Considerations 77 Title VI Considerations 78 Other Legal Considerations 81 Organizational Considerations 81 Summary of the TNC Perspective 83 Chapter 6 Partnership Playbook 83 Informed Decision-Making for Transit Agencies Interested in Partnering with TNCs 83 Step 1: Organize and Plan 84 Step 2: Understand the Fundamentals 85 Step 3: Plan for Partnership 86 Step 4: Launch and Operate the Partnership 86 Step 5: Debrief and Refine 87 Chapter 7 Suggestions for Further Research 89 Endnotes 91 Appendix A Transit Agency Survey Instrument 117 Appendix B Transit Agency Survey Results 131 Appendix C Transit Interview Protocols 136 Appendix D 2016 U.S. DOT Dear Colleague Letter 139 Appendix E Inventory of Transit Agencies Involved in TNC Partnerships