With car ownership on the decline, transportation experts say there are more ways than ever for student riders and drivers to connect and carpool using real-time technology.
“The new idea of using technology as an assist to transportation does two things,” transportation scholar Alan Pisarski says. “It organizes things better and provides some resolution for safety concerns. A phone is a tremendous tool for vetting other people through Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.”
Transportation driven by social media is the new phase of hitchhiking, according to Pisarski. While the development of the interstate highways and negative media campaigns contributed to the decline of hitchhiking over the past 30 years, it appears to be on the rebound.