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The Role of Informal Transit in New York City: A Case Study of Commuter Vans in Eastern Queens

Abstract Informal public transport is commonplace in the developing world, but the service exists in the United States as well, and is understudied. Often called "dollar vans", New York's commuter vans serve approximately 120,000 people every day (King and Goldwyn, 2014). While this is a tiny fraction of the New York transit rider population, it is comparable to the total number of commuters who ride transit in smaller cities such as Minneapolis/St Paul and Phoenix. The first part of this study reports on the use of commuter vans in Eastern Queens based on a combination of surveys and a ridership tally, all conducted in summer 2016. It answers four research questions: How many people ride the vans? Who rides the commuter vans? Why do t... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Musili, Catherine (Author) / Salon, Deborah (Advisor) / King, David (Committee member) / Kelley, Jason (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Transportation / Urban planning / Commuter vans / Dollar vans / Informal transportation / New York / Policy / Taxi and Limousine Commission
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 85 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Masters Thesis Urban and Environmental Planning 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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