NEW APPROACHES TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN THE NORTHERN MIDDLESEX AREA

EXISTING TRANSPORTATION SERVICES ARE DESCRIBED IN DETAIL WITH REFERENCE TO CONVENTIONAL BUS, SCHOOL BUS, RAIL, AND TAXICAB SERVICE. TRAVEL CHARACTERISTICS WERE ASCERTAINED FOR TRIP GENERATION, TRIP DISTRIBUTION, MODAL SPLIT, AND OTHER RELEVANT PARAMETERS. POTENTIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DEMAND IS GIVEN FOR PROJECTED CHANGES IN REGIONAL SOCIO- ECONOMIC VARIABLES, RETAIL TRADE, EMPLOYMENT, AND TRAVEL PATTERNS. A SUBSTANTIAL LATENT DEMAND FOR TRANSIT SERVICE WAS INDICATED. TWO CURRENT MANAGEMENT PROPOSALS ARE EXPLORED AT LENGTH. THESE INCLUDE: (1) CREATING A REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, AND (2) CONTRACTING WITH A PRIVATE CARRIER TO PROVIDE CONSOLIDATED SERVICES WITH A GUARANTEE AGAINST ASSESSMENTS FOR OPERATING DEFICITS. FIVE OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE OPTIONS ARE ALSO EXAMINED. A WIDE VARIETY OF SERVICE ALTERNATIVES ARE ANALYZED FOR IMPROVING BUS TRANSIT GENERALLY. THESE ARE BROKEN DOWN AMONG FOUR BASIC CATEGORIES: (1) PUPIL TRANSPORTATION, (2) ROUTES AND SCHEDULES, (3) EQUIPMENT, AND (4) FARE STRUCTURE. A SYSTEM IS RECOMMENDED COMPRISED OF THE FOLLOWING FEATURES: (1) SCHOOL BUS SERVICE LIMITED TO GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY, (2) A NETWORK-DEMAND ACTUATED ROUTE AND SCHEDULING POLICY, (3) A MIX OF VEHICLES IN THE BUS FLEET, AND (4) A FLAT FARE WITH FREE TRANSFERS. LONG-RANGE PROPOSALS ARE ALSO SUGGESTED WITH REFERENCE TO ROUTE REVISIONS, FARE CHANGES, AND MARKETING. APPENDED MATERIAL INCLUDES A COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH TRIP GENERATION, A YOUTH TRANSPORTATION SURVEY, AND A SUMMARY OF TRANSPORTATION AREA LEGISLATION. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO MASS-T9-6
  • Corporate Authors:

    No Middlesex Area Comm

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  • Publication Date: 1970-6

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  • Accession Number: 00239522
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1982 12:00AM