AARP – RideSheet: Rural Transportation Benefits from New Coordination Technology

  • Author: Kevin Chambers & Lara Bjork
  • Date: March 29, 2021
A rural road leads up to a mountain.

 

RideSheet is a new open-source ride scheduling software application designed for the unique needs of small, demand-responsive transportation providers.  By incorporating a new transactional data specification, known as the TDS, it enables two or more providers in a community to interoperate more efficiently, improving service for their clients.

Throughout the United States, many human service agencies include transportation among the services they offer, recognizing that their clients, including non-driving older adults and people of all ages living with disabilities, need reliable ways to get to medical appointments, grocery stores and more. Quite often, these agencies offer “demand-responsive” transportation, which means that riders call in advance to schedule door-to-door service. To the extent possible, trips are coordinated so that riders who are headed in the same direction will ride together. 

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