ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN AREA RAPID TRANSIT FEASIBILITY STUDY/PHASE 2: ALTERNATIVE TRANSIT SYSTEMS

THE SCHEMES DEVELOPED DURING THIS PHASE WERE BUSES USING EXISTING STREETS, HIGHWAYS, OR FREEWAYS; GRADE-SEPARATED RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEMS OF VARIOUS FORMS; AND COMMUTER RAILROAD SERVICE. EXISTING RAILROAD RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND TRACKAGE WITHIN THE PLANNING AREA WERE EXAMINED WITH RESPECT TO THEIR ADAPTABILITY FOR COMMUTER OR RAPID TRANSIT FACILITIES; EXPRESS BUS OPERATION ON BOTH EXISTING AND PLANNED FREEWAYS, WITH AND WITHOUT CBD DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES WAS EVALUATED; ROUTINGS OF RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEMS OPERATING ON EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS-OF-WAY WERE MADE; AND COMBINATIONS OF THESE SYSTEMS WERE STUDIED. THE MAJOR CONSIDERATIONS WERE DETERMINATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP THAT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS HAVE HAD ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN AREA; FORMULATION OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES, INSOFAR AS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION MATTERS ARE CONCERNED; DETERMINATION OF THE LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE METROPOLITAN AREA, AND DELINEATION OF THE LIKELY CORRIDORS THAT WOULD BE USED FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION; AND DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE, LONG-RANGE, MULTIMODE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM SCHEMES. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT TESTING BE CONDUCTED OF THE PRESENT BUS SYSTEM EXPANDED TO AN ASSUMED 1990 HIGHWAY NETWORK, AND THAT THE SYSTEM BE USED AS A PLANE OF REFERENCE. IT WOULD ALSO BE ADVISABLE TO TEST A FULLY GRADE-SEPARATED, EXCLUSIVE RIGHT-OF-WAY SYSTEM WHOSE OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS ARE RELIABLY KNOWN (FOR EXAMPLE, THE MODERN TRANSIT BUS OPERATING ON A "BUSWAY", AND/OR THE MODERN RAPID TRANSIT RAIL CAR OPERATING WITH STEEL WHEELS ON STEEL RAIL). /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO INT-T9-4
  • Corporate Authors:

    Parsons, Brinckerhoff-Tudor-Bechtel

    814 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA  USA  94103
  • Publication Date: 1969-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239455
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM