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Developing a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Program

Jason Collins and Stephanie Bromfield

No 207592, 50th Annual Transportation Research Forum, Portland, Oregon, March 16-18, 2009 from Transportation Research Forum

Abstract: Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) are classified as low-speed vehicles which have been permitted on roadways where the posted speed limit is 35 mph or less. These vehicles have become increasingly popular in the Tampa, Florida area as people become more aware of the benefits of electric vehicles. There has also been a growing trend to incorporate these electric vehicles as transit circulator systems. This paper explores developing an implementation plan for a unique point-topoint on-demand public transit circulator system within the downtown core of Tampa, Florida, using electric vehicles. A plan was developed for a unique point-to-point on-demand public transit circulator system within the downtown core of Tampa, Florida, using electric vehicles. The service is intended to provide visitors, employees, and residents of the downtown, convenient mobility. The Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Program offers an environmentally friendly alternative to driving gas-powered automobiles, and a context sensitive mobility solution to parking and congestion issues downtown. Patrons will be able to access all major attractions in the downtown area without having to use private automobiles. The program would also complement the neighborhood watch activities of the Downtown Guides and complement existing transit service in the area. A literature review was completed in order to guide the program development and a case study was explored in the Tampa area. The program development included an exploration of the study area, and a feasibility analysis based on demographic data, the existing road network and assumed performance measures.

Keywords: Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-03
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.207592

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