FLINT TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT: SPECIAL INTERIM REPORT

FOUR SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM ARE: (1) DEMONSTRATION OF THE FEASIBILITY OF SPECIAL-PURPOSE BUS LINES FOR SPECIFICALLY-IDENTIFIED PASSENGER GROUPS; (2) DEMONSTRATION OF THE SPECILIZED MARKETING TECHNIQUES NEEDED TO PROMOTE AND ESTABLISH PERSONALIZED BUS SERVICE; (3) DEMONSTRATION OF SYSTEM ECONOMIES THROUGH INTEGRATION OF SPECIAL-PURPOSE AND GENERAL-PURPOSE OPERATIONS; AND (4) DEVELOPMENT OF CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING THE PROPER BALANCE BETWEEN SPECIAL AND GENERAL PURPOSE BUS TRANSPORTATION. THE PROPOSED BUS SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE DEMAND-RESPONSIVE, SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE IN ADDITION TO CONVENTIONALLY ROUTED AND SCHEDULED OPERATIONS. ALL RELEVANT ASPECTS OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT ARE SUMMARIZED WITH REFERENCE TO ORGANIZATION, PRELIMINARY PLANNING AND DESIGN, DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION, AND FARE COST DETERMINATION. FOUR SPECIFIC PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED DURING THE PROJECT ARE DISCUSSED: WORKERS WITH SIMILAR CHARACTERISTICS DID NOT RESIDE IN SIMILAR CLASS NEIGHBORHOODS; MAXI-CAB PICK-UPS WERE THEREFORE DISPERSED THROUGHOUT THE AREA. THE HIGH DEGREE OF MOBILITY AMONG LOCAL EMPLOYEES OF THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY FRUSTRATED REGULAR SCHEDULING OF THE SPECIAL SERVICE. SCHOOL LET-OUT TIMES COINCIDED WITH WORK SHIFT CHANGES THUS CAUSING AN AGGRAVATED AFTERNOON PEAK PERIOD WHICH CREATED UNUSUAL DEMANDS FOR MANPOWER AND EQUIPMENT. DRIVERS UNFAMILIAR WITH REGULAR ROUTES WERE ASSIGNED TO THE SPECIAL SERVICE. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO MICH-MTD-2
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Academy of Transportation

    2222 Fuller Road, Room 408-A
    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48105
  • Publication Date: 1970-2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239487
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1982 12:00AM