The National Academies

ACRP 03-67 [Pending]

Guidelines for Accommodating Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing at Airports

  Project Data
Funds: $400,000
Contract Time: 18 months
Staff Responsibility: Joseph D. Navarrete

Peer-to-peer (P2P) car sharing companies allow individuals to make their personal vehicles available for rent by others through an app. P2P car sharing continues to grow across the United States, but there is limited information on the nature of this activity at airports and how it affects revenue, operations, safety, and facilities.  Research is needed to help airports understand the P2P car sharing market and develop a playbook to accommodate this emerging activity.
The objective of this research is to help airports understand P2P car sharing and develop a playbook to accommodate and manage P2P activity. At a minimum, the research deliverables shall include:
  • Primer providing an overview of P2P activity at airports, including, at a minimum:
    • Development and outlook of the P2P market and services, relevant legislative actions, and legal history;
    • Definition and description of typical business models and customer profiles;
    • Comparison to and impact on other competing ground transportation providers;
    • Financial implications for airports and stakeholders; and
    • Challenges, impacts, and opportunities posed by P2P activity on facilities, operations, and safety;
  • Guidebook with tools (e.g., decision tree, flow chart) for developing a P2P playbook of short-term and long-term strategies that considers an airport’s unique conditions and includes, at a minimum:
    • Estimation of current and anticipated P2P activity;
    • Consistency with long-term plans (e.g., master plans, capital improvement plans, local community plans);
    • Prioritizing issues and goals;
    • Operational efficiency and safety;
    • Customer experience;
    • Cost recovery and fee structure;
    • Balancing stakeholder interests;
    • Regulatory and/or legal strategies;
    • Drafting and negotiating agreements;
    • Monitoring and enforcement strategies (e.g., auditing, tracking, incentives, penalties); and
    • Use of technology (e.g., geofencing, license plate readers, Google analytics, video detection) to support operations and fee collection;
  • Case study examples and lessons learned; and
  • Resources (e.g., example agreements and clauses, technologies to support P2P playbook, sample provider activity reports).
The research plan should include, at a minimum, the following interim deliverables:
  • Data collection plan to obtain input from P2P providers and other stakeholders;
  • Recommended case study candidates and rationale;
  • Synthesis of data collection results; and
  • Interim report documenting the research effort and results of the project to date, including draft primer; annotated guidebook outline; description and visualization of proposed tools; and recommended next steps.
The research plan should include, at a minimum, the following checkpoints with the ACRP project panel: (1) kickoff web meeting to be held within 1 month of contract execution; (2) web meeting to approve the data collection plan; (3) web meeting to approve the case studies; (4) web meeting to review synthesis of data collection results; and (5) interim meeting to review the results of the interim report and confirm the remaining research approach.
The final deliverables will include:
  • Primer;
  • Guidebook and tools for developing a P2P playbook;
  • Case studies;
  • Resources;
  • Technical report documenting tasks and results of entire research process;
  • Summary of Key Findings;
  • Further Recommended Research Memo; and
  • Technical memo titled, “Implementation of Research Findings and Products”.

STATUS: Proposals have been received in response to the RFP.  The project panel will meet to select a contractor to perform the work.

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