A METRO PARK-RIDE FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM

The adopted regional rail transit system for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area comprises 86 stations located on 98 route miles. It is anticipated that about 30,000 parking spaces will be provided at these stations. It is suggested here that transit station parking facilities be coordinated with the automatic fare collection system, which employs magnetically coded fare cards and machines that are capable of performing logical functions in response to directives from the cards. The control exercized over the "paid area" of the station can be extended to the parking facility through automatic issuance of a transfer, presentation of which to the automatic parking gate control unit will allow the driver to enter the "free area" of the street. Functional design alternatives are considered, and a baseline system is proposed which is then made the subject of a cost analysis that includes comparison with a manual system. At a parking-space allowance of 350 square feet, the annual operating cost of the manual system would be about $45, while that for the proposed system would be about $7.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Consortium of Universities

    Urban Transportation Center, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036
  • Authors:
    • Studholme, E D
  • Publication Date: 1970

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00044209
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proj. No. UFT-11
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1974 12:00AM