AN INTERIM REPORT ON TRANSIT IN THE KANAWHA VALLEY OF WEST VIRGINIA

THIS REPORT SUMMARIZES A TECHNICAL STUDY OF THE CHARLESTON TRANSIT COMPANY, WHICH IS A CLOSELY HELD CORPORATION WHOSE EXCLUSIVE BUSINESS IS PROVIDING TRANSIT SERVICE IN THE KANAWHA VALLEY. EXISTING STATE REGULATIONS ARE REVIEWED. UNTIL THE EARLY 50'S, ALL AREAS WERE PROVIDED WITH SERVICE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, GENERALLY FROM EARLY MORNING TO LATE EVENING. AS TRANSIT PATRONAGE DECLINED, SERVICE WAS GRADUALLY CURTAILED IN THE EVENING HOURS AND ON SUNDAYS. THROUGH FARE INCREASES, THE COMPANY HAS MANAGED TO KEEP GROSS REVENUES REASONABLY CONSTANT DESPITE THIS DECLINE IN PATRONAGE. AS PATRONAGE DECLINED, VEHICLE MILES ALSO DECLINED, BUT AT A LESSER RATE. THIS REDUCTION HAS TENDED TO REDUCE OPERATING EXPENSES, WHILE INCREASES IN LABOR COSTS HAVE COUNTERED THE REDUCTION. THE COMPENSATING EFFECTS OF THESE TWO FACTORS HAS KEPT TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES RELATIVELY LEVEL. THE AUTHORS RECOMMEND THAT: (1) KANAWHA VALLEY TRANSIT AUTHORITY BE FORMED TO SERVE THE ENTIRE REGION; (2) CHARLESTON SHOULD ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN FUNDS TO BUY THE COMPANY; AND (3) ROUTES SHOULD BE DIRECT WITH RESPECT TO ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO WVA-T9-2
  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1970-8

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00228236
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 17 1982 12:00AM