MASS TRANSIT TECHNICAL STUDY: IOWA CITY (FINAL REPORT)

A COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW OF BUS TRANSIT IN THE IOWA CITY, IOWA, METROPOLITAN AREA AND A RECOMMENDED SHORT-RANGE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM IS PRESENTED. A COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OF TRANSIT TRENDS IN IOWA CITY AND RESULTS OF AN ON-BUS SURVEY ARE PROVIDED. SYSTEM OPERATIONS, GROSS RIDERSHIP, RIDERSHIP, ROUTING, HEADWAYS, FARES, QUALITATIVE VARIABLES, TRIP GENERATION, TRIP PATTERNS, AND RIDERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS ARE DISCUSSED IN DETAIL. TWO ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS FOR SERVICE IMPROVEMENT ARE SUGGESTED: A LINE-HAUL SYSTEM FOCUSED ON THE DOWNTOWN-CAMPUS AREA AND A COMBINATION OF LINE-HAUL ROUTING AND SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE. BOTH WERE DETERMINED TO BE ECONOMICALLY INFEASIBLE WITHIN THE FISCAL CAPABILITIES OF THE MUNICIPALITY TO PROVIDE SUBSIDIES. A FINAL RECOMMENDED SYSTEM IS THEREFORE PROPOSED WHICH COMPROMISES DEMAND-RESPONSIVE ROUTING AND COSTS. ELEVEN SPECIFIC ROUTES ARE DELINEATED. ESTIMATED PATRONAGE ON THE NEW SYSTEM WAS CALIBRATED WITH A MODAL SPLIT MODEL WHICH EMPLOYED VARIOUS DEMOGRAPHIC DATA. A RECOMMENDED FARE STRUCTURE WAS ALSO SYNTHESIZED. DETAILED COST ESTIMATES ARE PROVIDED AND COMPARED WITH PROJECTED REVENUES. PROMOTION AND ADVERTISING, URBAN STREET IMPROVEMENT, PARKING DEVELOPMENT, DRIVER TRAINING, AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF TRANSIT OPERATION ARE DISCUSSED. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO IOWA-T9-2
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    Institute of Urban and Regional Research
    Iowa City, IA  USA  52242
  • Authors:
    • Deuker, K J
    • Stoner, J
  • Publication Date: 1971-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239500
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM