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The effects of e-ridehailing on motorcycle ownership in an emerging-country megacity

Zia Wadud

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 2020, vol. 137, issue C, 301-312

Abstract: The impact of app-based e-hailing or ridesourcing services on various transport metrics is an area of active research, and research so far have focused on the car-based (or four-wheeled vehicle based) services only. In many cities in the developing and emerging countries, motorcycle-based passenger e-hailing services have become very popular in the last few years, but the implications of these have not been studied before. This study investigates the effects of motorcycle-hailing apps in Dhaka – a megacity in Bangladesh – on the size of its motorcycle fleet. We employ segmented multiple regression on timeseries data to show that there was a statistically significant increase in motorcycle ownership in Dhaka as a result of the motorcycle-hailing services. The findings were also supported by a visual intervention analysis. By the end of 2018, there were 7.45% more motorcycles in Dhaka than there would have been if these app-based e-hailing services were not available. We conclude with potential implications of these increases in motorcycle numbers and future research directions.

Keywords: Ridesharing; Ridehailing; Segmented regression; Uber; Motorcycle; Ownership (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2020.05.002

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