The city of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has 10 live theaters with venues ranging from country music to comedy and has made an effort to attract them with infrastructure improvements and partnerships with private entities. This study was authorized by Pigeon Forge to assess the impact that live theaters have on their street system. City leaders recognized that live theaters generate a substantial amount of traffic during peak periods, usually favoring one direction over the other, and consequently, additional auxiliary lanes, traffic signals, and sometimes police officers are required. In previous proposed theater studies conducted by the author, peak period traffic was estimated by assuming a sold out audience, a vehicle occupancy rate of 2.5, a directional distribution of approximately 70/30, and a large percent of the trips occurring one hour before show time. In most cases, a provision for tour buses was also made. In this study, surveys were conducted on summer weekdays in 1997 for four of the 10 theaters in Pigeon Forge. All data for each theater were collected on the same day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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  • Accession Number: 00770214
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CD-006
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 15 1999 12:00AM