I've read the 2018 Subject Definitions document on Means of Transportation to Work over and over again, did a search for "uber", "lyft", "ridehailing", "ridesharing", etc. and nothing comes up. I have also looked at the Questionnaire Archive, specifically Person Question 31, and it has no mention of these apps. I am I missing something, or is it really this ambiguous?
Thank you very much,
In reply to KC_Researcher:
I'm on the border of GenX and Millennial, and before reading the doc, I would think it would be either taxicab or other, definitely not driving alone. Although there is a sentence in the driving alone info about a "passenger serving" type trip in which someone drops you off and then goes back home or to some other non-work location, this is considered driving alone as opposed to carpooling, which makes sense. (Some examples from my life: way back when, I drove a roommate to her work when she hurt her foot and couldn't drive. Also, for a while when I was in a one-car household, I was taking the bus to work, but sometimes when it was raining, my husband would drive me, drop me off, and then go back home/go about his day with the car. I would most likely take the bus home.) These are totally different from a ridehailing situation (at least in my mind), but it's not clear from the documentation.
In response to KC_Researcher, It is possible for people to have taken public transportation "last week" even if there's no public transportation in the area if they were on a business trip/working somewhere outside of their regular workplace, or that they are a hypercommuter. Here's what the Census doc says for that situation (page 94 of the Subject Definitions):
"The means of transportation data for some areas may show workers using modes of public
transportation that are not available in those areas (for example, subway or elevated riders in
a metropolitan area where there is no subway or elevated service). This result is largely due
to people who worked during the reference week at a location that was different from their
usual place of work (such as people away from home on business in an area where subway
service was available), and people who used more than one means of transportation each day
but whose principal means was unavailable where they lived (for example, residents of
nonmetropolitan areas who drove to the fringe of a metropolitan area, and took the commuter
railroad most of the distance to work)."
In reply to Diana Lavery:
Now I'm coming across another wrinkle in all of this...I'm assuming that company shuttles or buses (e.g. Google buses) do not count as "bus or trolley bus" because this is one of the subparts of the "public transportation" macro group. This to me would definitely be "other," right? "Other" would also include scooters/skateboards, and possibly uber & lyfts, depending on how people interpret it.
In reply to Cliff Cook:
In reply to Patty Becker:
There are wording changes to the questionnaire starting in 2019.
Unfortunately, the 2019 wording adjustments won't resolve this challenge.
(2019 instructions don't clearly address ridehailing/car-for-hire either. Though if one takes a limo to work, that's specifically addressed?)
In reply to Beth Jarosz: