TRANSIT IN CENTRAL PINELLAS COUNTY

THIS AREA IS PRESENTLY SERVED BY A PRIVATE BUS COMPANY, BUT DAILY RIDERSHIP HAS DECLINED TO FEWER THAN 700 PERSONS AND RISING COSTS HAVE SERIOUSLY CURTAILED MODERNIZATION OF EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES. A STUDY OF COMMUNITY NEEDS, HOWEVER, REVEALED SEVERAL KEY FACTORS WHICH WARRANT CONTINUATION OF TRANSIT AS A PUBLIC SERVICE: (1) NINE RIDERS IN TEN ARE TRANSIT CAPTIVES WHOSE FAMILY INCOME IS LESS THAN $6,000 ANNUALLY. (2) A NEW STATE RE-LICENSING LAW COULD SIGNIFICANTLY ALTER THE EXISTING NEED FOR MASS TRANSIT SERVICE AMONG THE AREA'S LARGE ELDERLY POPULATION. (3) MANY RIDERS WERE SECONDARY WAGE-EARNERS IN ONE-CAR FAMILIES. ALL ASPECTS OF THE EXISTING TRANSIT SYSTEM ARE DISCUSSED WITH REFERENCE TO SERVICE LEVEL, LOADING STANDARDS, DEPENDABILITY, SPEED OF OPERATION, ACCOMMODATION OF DEMAND, FARE STRUCTURE, AND PHYSICAL ASSETS. TRANSIT IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY IS EXAMINED WITH REFERENCE TO RIDERSHIP PROFILES, PUBLIC OPINION, AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF TRANSIT ROUTES TO LAND USE AND POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS. RIDERSHIP DATA IS BROKEN DOWN AMONG AGE, SEX, FAMILY INCOME, AUTOMOBILE OWNERSHIP, TRIP GENERATION, ACCESS MODE, AND "TRAVEL DESIRES" VARIABLES. PUBLIC OPINION DATA WAS OBTAINED THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY TO DETERMINE ATTITUDES TOWARD GENERAL COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, THE BUS SYSTEM, AND ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS. RECOMMENDED SHORT-RANGE IMPROVEMENTS ARE ADVANCED WITH REFERENCE TO ROUTES, INFORMATION AIDS, ACQUISITION OF NEW VEHICLES, AND PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMS USING SPECIAL FARES TO ATTRACT PATRONAGE AMONG SENIOR CITIZENS. A DETAILED COST SUMMARY IS APPENDED. THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS A RECOMMENDED IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM DESIGNED AROUND A PROPOSED REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY. ONE INNOVATIVE PROPOSAL CONCERNS THE USE OF INDIVIDUALLY OWNED JITNEY VEHICLES WHICH WOULD OPERATE IN A SERVICE CATEGORY BETWEEN TAXICABS AND CONVENTIONAL TRANSIT BUSES. /UMTA/

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

    SIMPSON & CURTIN

    PHILADELPHIA, PA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1970-12

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239509
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 17 1973 12:00AM