Essays on shared micromobility in the US

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2023-12

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The emergence of dockless electric scooters in 2018 transformed urban transportation seemingly overnight. As a new PhD student, I witnessed firsthand the immense popularity gains of e scooters, with over 220 million trips taken in just 4 short years. In this thesis, I tackle pressing policy questions surrounding scooter oversupply, equitable fleet distribution, and day-to-day operations. Using data-driven models and simulations, I delineate how policymakers could regulate firms to address problems like oversupply and inequity, ensuring scooters enhance, rather than hinder, city transportation networks. My research combines empirical analysis, game theory, and optimization modeling to evaluate real world policies and uncover actionable insights for regulators overseeing this rapidly evolving mobility innovation.

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