ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF A TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION CENTER

THIS REPORT IS CONCERNED WITH THE COMPUTERIZATION OF A PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION CENTER. THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF SUCH A SYSTEM ARE OUTLINED AND INVESTIGATED. THE CO,PUTERIZED SYSTEM IS COMPARED TO THE MANUAL SYSTEM AND THE CAPABILITIES AND LIMITATIONS OF THE MANUAL SYSTEM ARE EXPLORED. FOUR COMPUTER SYSTEMS WERE CHOSEN FOR EVALUATION IN A HYPOTHETICAL INFORMATION CENTER. THE COMPUTER SYSTEMS WERE CONFIGURED ACCORDING TO A SET OF CRITERIA WHICH MATCHED THE NEEDS OF AN INFORMATION CENTER. THE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE FOUR COMPUTER SYSTEMS INCLUDES A BUY/LEASE STUDY BASED ON MULTIPLE ESTIMATED SYSTEM LINES AS WELL AS ON MULTIPLE CAPITALIZATION FACTORS,. THE REPORT ALSO EXAMINES THE ADDITIONAL SERVICES WHICH COMPUTERS CAN PROVIDE FOR THE INFORMATION CENTER AS WELL AS USES WHICH CAN BE APPLIED TO OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN THE TRANSIT ORGANIZATION. CERTAIN LIMITATIONS INHERENT TO THE COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM ARE ALSO DISCUSSED. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT FUTHER STUDY SHOULD BE MADE INTO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BETTER INFORMATION AND INCREASED RIDERSHIP TO DETERMINE IF A COMPUTERIZED INFCORMATION WOULD BE ECONOMICALLY JUSTIFIED. HOWEVER, IT IS ALSO POINTED OUT THAT LARGE REGIONAL MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS ARE MORE EFFICIENT MEANS OF ORGANIZING THE TRANSPORTATION FUNCTION AND THAT PREVIOUSLY SIMPLE TASKS WOULD BE MUCH MORE COMPLEX IN SUCH SYSTEMS, MAKING THE COMPUTER A MORE NECESSARY TOOL.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract CA-11-0008 UMTA-CA-11-0008-73-3
  • Corporate Authors:

    Stanford University

    Department of Industrial Engineering
    Stanford, CA  USA  94305
  • Authors:
    • Buckley, R F
  • Publication Date: 1973-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 51 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239559
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 7 1981 12:00AM