BLUE STREAK BUS RAPID TRANSIT DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

BLUE STREAK WAS AN EXPRESS BUS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT TO TEST THE EFFECTS OF INCREASED LEVELS OF SERVICE ON TRANSIT ROUTES AND THE OVERALL IMPACT OF A PARK-RIDE LOT WITH EXPRESS SERVICE TO DOWNTOWN. BLUE STREAK BUSES USED THE REVERSIBLE LANES OF INTERSTATE 5 BETWEEN THEIR SERVICE AREA AND DOWNTOWN SEATTLE, AND HAD EXCLUSIVE USE OF A REVERSIBLE RAMP IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. THE TWO AND ONE-HALF YEAR DEMONSTRATION PRODUCED PATRONAGE INCREASES IN THE FACE OF OVERALL SYSTEM DECLINES. THE IMPACT OF THE SERVICE ON THE FREEWAY WAS TRANSITORY SINCE FREEWAY VOLUMES WERE ALSO DECLINING. THE PARK-RIDE ASPECTS WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH AN ESTIMATED POTENTIAL OF MORE THAN TWICE THE PATRONAGE GENERATED BY THE PROJECT. PARK-RIDE PATRONAGE WAS LIMITED BY THE PARKING SPACE CAPACITY OF THE LOT. GUIDELINES WERE STUDIED FOR THE LOCATION OF PARK-RIDE LOTS, THE IMPACT OF EXCLUSIVE TRANSIT FREEWAY RAMPS WAS SIMULATED, AND A MODAL SPLIT MODEL WAS CALIBRATED. /NTIS/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract WASH-MTD-2 UMTA-WA-06-0004-73-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    Washington State Department of Highways

    Olympia, WA  United States 

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 214 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242205
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1974 12:00AM