Project R1-4

Project R1-4: Community-Assisted Rideshare Service (CAReS) for Rural Communities 

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Principal Investigator: Abhay Lidbe, University of Alabama (UA) 

Other Investigators: Drew Pearl (UA), Daniela Susnara (UA), Jun Liu (UA), Steven Jones (UA) 

Project Partners: University of Alabama (UA)  

Is any participating institution a Minority Institution? No

Research Project Funding: $150,180 (Federal: $74,960; Non-Federal: $75,220)  

Project Status: Active

Project Start and End Date: 01/15/2024 to 01/14/2025

Project Summary: This project focuses on assessing the feasibility of establishing community-driven rideshare services in under-served rural areas of Alabama, particularly in the Black Belt (BB) Region. Rural communities often lack access to essential services. The ultimate goal of the project is to create a community-operated rideshare service to address the local transportation needs of transport-poor communities. The project envisions a community-participatory ridesharing service led by local leaders and operated by volunteers, aiming to bridge transportation disparities. The immediate goal of this project, supported by CR2C2 Research and Education Exploratory grant, is to evaluate its feasibility by understanding community needs and support, identifying volunteering needs, assessing technological needs, other needs and exploring revenue models for successful implementation of the project idea subsequently.