PHOENIX URBAN AREA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION STUDY

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN THE CITY OF PHOENIX AND THE SURROUNDING URBAN AREA HAVE BEEN PROVIDED BY SEVERAL OPERATORS. AMONG THE DIFFERENT TRANSIT OPERATORS IN PHOENIX, THERE IS VERY LITTLE COORDINATION OF SCHEDULES, FARES, AND OTHER OPERATING FEATURES. THE PATRONAGE LEVEL OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS LOW, WITH ONLY 12,000 PASSENGER TRIPS BEING GENERATED ON A WEEKDAY. THE BASIC FARE STRUCTURE IS 35 CENTS WITH AN INCREMENTAL INCREASE OF 5 CENTS FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ZONE. THE BUS ROUTES IN PHOENIX FORM A RADIAL PATTERN EMANATING FROM DOWNTOWN. FROM AN OPERATIONAL POINT OF VIEW THIS PATTERN IS VERY CONVENIENT BECAUSE IT FACILITATES SCHEDULING, LINKING OF ROUTES FOR BUS ASSIGNMENT PURPOSES, AND TRANSFERRING OF PASSENGERS AT ONE LOCATION. HOWEVER, THE RADIAL ARRANGEMENT PRESENTS AN INCONVENIENCE FOR THOSE PATRONS WHO DESIRE TO TRAVEL CROSSTOWN EITHER IN A NORTH-SOUTH OR EAST-WEST DIRECTION. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE PRESENT TRANSFER FEE OF FIVE CENTS SHOULD BE ELIMINATED AND THE NUMBER OF ZONES REDUCED FROM THE PRESENT FOUR TO TWO. THE TRANSIT AUTHORITY CONCEPT SHOULD BE ADOPTED AS THE FORM OF PUBLIC MANAGEMENT FOR A TRANSIT SYSTEM IN PHOENIX. SINCE PRESENT TRANSIT AUTHORITY LEGISLATION HAS BEEN FOUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL, THE ARIZONA STATE LEGISLATURE SHOULD BE URGED TO ENACT APPROPRIATE TRANSIT LEGISLATION. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO ARIZ-T9-3
  • Corporate Authors:

    De Leuw, Cather and Company

    165 West Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  United States  60601
  • Publication Date: 1971-7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239501
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM