COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC USAGE OF KANAWHA BOULEVARD AND ALTERNATE CITY ARTERIALS AT CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA

AN ORIGIN AND DESTINATION SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA. THE FIELD WORK WAS EXTENDED TO PROVIDE MATERIAL FOR ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE THE DRIVER PREFERENCE BETWEEN COMPETING ROUTES OF TRAVEL. HOUSE-TO- HOUSE INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED AT A SELECTED NUMBER OF ADDRESSES. TRAVEL-TIME STUDIES WERE MADE BY THE FLOATING-CAR METHOD DURING MORNING AND EVENING PEAK HOUR TRAVEL PERIODS TO ESTABLISH THE AVERAGE TIME OF TRAVEL BETWEEN CHECK POINTS LOCATED AT EACH INTERSECTION ON THE BOULEVARD, ON ALL THE PARALLEL ARTERIALS, AND ON EACH OF THE CROSS STREETS. A STATION WAS LOCATED ON THE BOULEVARD, ON THE SCREEN LINE FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE TRAFFIC SURVEY, TO OBTAIN ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS AND TO COMPARE WITH THE TOTAL TRANSFER ACROSS THE SCREEN LINE AS DETERMINED BY THE LARGER SURVEY. THUS, BY A PROCESS OF ELIMINATION, AN INDICATION OF THE RELATIVE CHOICES OF ROUTES BY THE TRIPS OF THE DIFFERENT ZONE TO ZONE TRANSFERS COULD BE OBTAINED. EXTRA TIME-DELAY STUDIES WERE CONDUCTED. THE STUDY RESULTED IN THE FOLLOWING CONCLUSIONS: (1) AS TRAVEL TIME VIA A SUPERIOR FACILITY INCREASED IN RELATION TO TRAVEL TIME VIA OTHER CITY ARTERIALS THE USE OF THE SUPERIOR FACILITY DECREASED, (2) NOT EVERYBODY WILL USE A SUPERIOR FACILITY IN ORDER TO SAVE A MINUTE OR TWO, (3) AS THE RATIO OF DISTANCE TRAVELED VIA A SUPERIOR FACILITY TO DISTANCE VIA CITY STREETS INCREASES, THE PERCENTAGE USE OF THE SUPERIOR FACILITY DECREASES, (4) THE USE OF A SUPERIOR FACILITY DIFFERS DURING PEAK AND OFF-PEAK HOURS WITH THE GREATEST USE OCCURRING DURING PEAK HOURS, (5) THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN THE PERCENT OF USE OF A SUPERIOR FACILITY FOR TRIPS OF DIFFERENT LENGTHS, THE LONGER THE TRIP THE GREATER THE USE OF THE SUPERIOR FACILITY, AND (6) WHEN THE DISTANCES FROM THE POINT OF CHOICE TO THE SUPERIOR FACILITY OR TO A CITY ARTERIAL ARE EQUAL, ABOUT 72 PERCENT OF THE TRIPS ARE VIA THE SUPERIOR FACILITY.

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  • Authors:
    • Rothrock, C A
    • Campbell, E Wilson
  • Publication Date: 1952

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