TRANSIT SERVICES-1968: INTERIM REPORT NO 2

THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE TECHNICAL STUDY OF URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION IN THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN AREA, AND DESCRIBES EXISTING TRANSIT SERVICES PROVIDED BY TWIN CITIES LINES, INC. AND SIX SUBURBAN OPERATORS. THE ADEQUACY OF PRESENT SERVICES IS EXAMINED WITH REFERENCE TO SEVEN SPECIFIC ELEMENTS: (1) AVAILABILITY, (2) DIRECTNESS, (3) VOLUME AND FREQUENCY, (4) LOADING STANDARDS, (5) DEPENDABILITY AND SCHEDULE ADHERENCE, (6) SPEED OF OPERATION, AND (7) ACCOMMODATION. ALTHOUGH THE SYSTEM PROVED TO BE ADEQUATE, SEVERAL PROBLEMS WERE NOTED: (1) "BRANCHING" OF MAIN ROUTES TENDED TO CONFUSE PASSENGERS AND RESULT IN EXCESSIVE HEADWAYS AT OUTER POINTS. (2) PRINTED BUS SCHEDULES WERE CONFUSING TO PASSENGERS. (3) SUBURBAN OPERATIONS (WHICH ARE SEPARATE FROM THE TWIN CITIES LINES) TENDED TO OPERATE WITH EXCESSIVE HEADWAYS AND LITTLE OR NO NIGHTTIME SERVICE. (4) DEPENDABILITY OF SERVICE WAS FREQUENTLY INADEQUATE; A DOWNTOWN SURVEY REVEALED THAT ONE BUS IN FOUR FAILED A TEST FOR SCHEDULE ADHERENCE. (5) FIELD CHECKING BY THE TRANSIT OPERATORS TO INVESTIGATE PEAK LOADING AND ON-TIME PERFORMANCE WAS FOUND EITHER INSUFFICIENT OR NON-EXISTENT. (6) STOP SPACING IN THE CENTER CITY WAS LESS THAN THE OPTIMAL (750-FOOT) MINIMUM TO ENSURE FAST AND ECONOMICAL OPERATION. TWO ALTERNATE BUS PURCHASE PROGRAMS ARE DISCUSSED FOR UPGRADING THE GENERAL QUALITY OF ROLLING STOCK OPERATED BY BOTH CENTER CITY AND SUBURBAN COMPANIES. MOST BUSES IN THE INVENTORY WERE OUTDATED, BUT THEIR OVERALL CONDITION WAS GOOD, DUE TO AN EFFICIENT PROGRAM OF REGULAR MAINTENANCE. A PHYSICAL FACILITIES INVENTORY AND DISCUSSION OF GARAGE LOCATION ARE INCLUDED. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO MINN-T9-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    SIMPSON & CURTIN

    PHILADELPHIA, PA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1968-12

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239510
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM