In the Fall of 2013, the GSC and the MIT Transportation and Parking Office partnered on a trial launch of a new SafeRide route serving graduate students living in Somerville and East Cambridge. This pilot program ended in December 2013. The GSC Transportation Subcommittee, led by Alex Jacquillat, Maite Pena Alcaraz, and Brian Spatocco, has since studied the data yielded by the Somerville shuttle. They have included in the following report their analysis of the trial program and their recommendations on the program’s best and most appropriate lessons for the MIT community.
An excerpt from the Report’s Executive Summary:
This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the Somerville Saferide -Shuttle pilot program, based on ridership data, user feedback and a broader qualitative impact assessment. The main conclusion of the report is that the Somerville Saferide Shuttle is a high-‐impact line: (a) it exhibits good ridership, (b) it exhibits distributed ridership and effectively serves the off-‐campus graduate community, (c) it is valued by its users, (c) it provides significant benefits to its users, as compared to alternative available transportation options, (d) it addresses critical safety concerns around campus, and (e) it is a strategic tool for MIT to address the growing housing issue around campus.The two main recommendations are: the continuation of the Somerville Saferide Shuttle in the academic year 2014-‐2015 on a permanent basis and the engagement in a comprehensive assessment of the MIT Shuttle System to maximize impact while minimize costs.