TEMPO: THE ST. LOUIS MASS TRANSPORTATION DEMONSTRATION PROJECT - FINAL REPORT

THE PROJECT HAD FOUR GENERAL PURPOSES: (1) TO DETERMINE THE NEED FOR AND THE ACCEPTANCE OF DIRECT TRANSIT SERVICE TO OUTLYING INDUSTRIAL COMPLEXES OR OTHER AREAS OF EMPLOYMENT FROM CITY RESIDENTIAL AREAS; (2) TO DETERMINE WHETHER MASS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN LOW-INCOME RESIDENTIAL AREAS REQUIRE MODIFICATION AND, IF SO, TO WHAT EXTENT MODIFICATION IS REQUIRED; (3) TO TEST SPECIALIZED TRANSIT PROMOTIONAL TECHNIQUES IN LOW-INCOME AREAS; AND (4) TO DETERMINE TO WHAT EXTENT SOCIOLOGICAL CHANGES, IN TERMS OF LESSENING ISOLATION OF INNER-CITY RESIDENTS, OCCUR AS A RESULT OF TRANSPORTATION CHANGES. IN ORDER TO REALIZE THE ABOVE OBJECTIVES, A LOCAL TRANSIT EXPERIMENT WAS DESIGNED WITH MAJOR EMPHASIS ON PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE LINK BETWEEN CITY WORKERS AND SUBURBAN JOB OPPORTUNITIES. IT WAS ASSUMED THAT A TRANSIT SERVICE LINKING UNEMPLOYED CITY WORKERS WITH JOBS IN SUBURBAN EMPLOYMENT COMPLEXES WOULD PROVIDE THE MOST PROMISING BASE FOR EVENTUALLY BREAKING DOWN THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC BARRIERS ISOLATING INNER-CITY RESIDENTS FROM THE REST OF ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN SOCIETY. THE EXPERIMENTAL TRANSIT SERVICE DID NOT PROVE FINANCIALLY VIABLE. THE BUS SERVICES WERE HELPING THE TYPE OF INNER-CITY RESIDENT IT WAS DESIGNED TO ASSIST, BUT IT PROVIDED THESE SERVICES TO TOO FEW RIDERS TO JUSTIFY THE COSTS OF OPERATING THE LINES. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ASSISTED BY THE LINES WAS A SMALL PROPORTION OF THE TARGET AREA POPULATION AND WELL BELOW THE CAPACITY OF THE TRANSPORTATION SERVICE OFFERED. THEREFORE, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ANY FURTHER DEMONSTRATION PROJECT IN THE ST LOUIS AREA BE PLANNED ALONG LESS AMBITIOUS LINES TO SERVE SMALLER TARGET POPULATIONS IN A MORE CONCENTRATED GEOGRAPHIC AREA. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO. MD-MTD-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    Human Development Corp

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  • Publication Date: 1970-2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00240142
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 1982 12:00AM