Finding ways to meet the staggering demands of urban transport is among the most pressing problems facing cities in the developing world. Jitneys and regular transit are the two most important systems of urban public transportation, and in most cities, jitneys are favored because they run faster, provide a source of income to many people, and operate without subsidies. This article evaluates the jitney mode of transport and shows its strengths and weaknesses. After defining the system and its scope to public transport, six well-known jitney systems are described, showing their operational, economic and physical differences as well as their common characteristics. They are then evaluated in terms of their effectiveness in meeting the transportation needs of growing urban populations. Part of the evaluation is devoted to a comparison with bus transit.

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  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 163-177
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  • Accession Number: 00490711
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1990 12:00AM