The planning and performance of mass transit operating strategies for major events: the Atlanta Olympic Games and the 1996 Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix

This paper aims to identify 'best practices' principles in the development of public transport operating strategies for travel access to and from major events. It focuses on experience from the Atlanta Olympic Games and the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1996. It contrasts the planning and outcomes of public transport access strategies for these events. The assessment notes the considerable differences between the circumstances of each event, however in both cases the travel demand management approaches were successful and it was found that fixed route transit infrastructure was more heavily used than expected. The paper argues that some aspects of strategy development, notably the effective supply of service capacity to meet demands, should take precedence in strategy formulation. The paper also presents a range of 'best practice' principles for strategy formulation, including stressing simplicity in plan formulation, the unpredictability of demand management approaches and the need to include contingencies in uncertain planning situations, particularly for larger events. The need for effective rollout and testing of new planning initiatives is also stressed.


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  • Pagination: 79-91

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  • Accession Number: 01436540
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0646315730
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 7:54PM