Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Committee Chair

Kakan Dey

Committee Co-Chair

David R. Martinelli

Committee Member

David R. Martinelli

Committee Member

Alan R. McKendall


With increasing travel demand and mobility service quality expectations, demand responsive innovative services continue to emerge. Ridesharing is an established, yet evolving, mobility option that can provide more customized, reliable shared service without any new investment in the transportation infrastructure. To maximize the benefits of ridesharing service, efficient matching and distribution of riders among available drivers can provide a reliable mobility option under most operating conditions. Service efficiency of ridesharing depends on the system performance (e.g., trip travel time, trip delay, trip distance, detour distance, and trip satisfaction) acceptable to diverse mobility stakeholders (e.g., riders, drivers, ridesharing operators, and transportation agencies). This research modeled the performance of a ridesharing service system considering four objectives: (i) minimization of system-wide passengers’ waiting time, (ii) minimization of system-wide vehicle miles travelled (VMT), (iii) minimization of system-wide detour distance, and (iv) maximization of system-wide drivers’ profit. Tradeoff evaluation of objectives revealed that system-wide VMT minimization objective performed best with least sacrifices on the other three objectives from their respective best performance level based on set of routes generated in this study. On the other hand, system-wide drivers’ profit maximization objective provided highest monetary incentives for drivers and riders in terms of maximizing profit and saving travel cost respectively. System-wide minimization of detour distance was found to be least flexible in providing shared rides. The findings of this research provide useful insights on ridesharing system modeling and performance evaluation, and can be used in developing and implementing ridesharing service considering multiple stakeholders’ concerns.