TRI-CITY TRANSPORTATION NEEDS STUDY: ANALYSIS OF SCHOOL BUS AND PUBLIC TRANSIT CONSOLIDATION FEASIBILITY

THIS REPORT SUMMARIZES THE EXAMINATION OF THE POTENTIAL FOR REALIZING THE COMBINATION OF ONE OF FOUR ALTERNATIVE PUBLIC TRANSIT PLANS FOR THE TRI-CITY AREA AND THE SCHOOL BUS TRANSIT; THE FINDINGS OF THE EXAMINATION DISCLOSE SEVERAL FACTORS WHICH WILL SEVERELY LIMIT EFFECTIVE INTEGRATION OF TRANSIT SERVICES. NONE OF THE ALTERNATIVE PUBLIC TRANSIT PLANS ARE SUFFICIENTLY BROAD TO PROVIDE ENOUGH BUSES TO HANDLE ALL SCHOOL CHILDREN NOW CARRIED IN SCHOOL BUSES. ALSO, THE PUBLIC SYSTEM COST WOULD EXCEED THE PRESENT COSTS INCURRED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS SINCE THE DISTRICTS OPERATE SCHOOL BUSES AT LOWER COST PER MILE THAN A PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM COULD. CAPITAL COSTS FOR A SCHOOL BUS OF 65-79 PASSENGER CAPACITY ARE COMPARABLE TO THOSE FOR A 35-45 PASSENGER TRANSIT COACH; IT WOULD REQUIRE A SUBSTANTIALLY GREATER INVESTMENT TO PROVIDE EQUIVALENT SEATING CAPACITY IF PBLLIC TRANSIT COACHES ARE TO SUBSTITUTE FOR SCHOOL BUSES. CONSOLIDATION OF THE TRANSIT OPERATIONS WOULD PROBABLY LEAD TO UNIONIZATION OF DRIVERS (WITH GUARANTEED FULL-DAY PAYMENTS FOR PART-TIME WORK AND FRINGE BENEFITS); THESE ADDED COSTS WOULD EXCEED POSSIBLE OPERATING ECONOMIES WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE BE REALIZED. OVER ONE-HALF OF BUS TRANSPORTED PUPILS ARE IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SIXTH GRADES; THESE YOUNGSTERS CANNOT BE REASONABLE CARRIED ON THE PUBLIC SYSTEM BECAUSE OF SAFETY HAZARDS. WHILE BROAD REPLACEMENT OR SUBSTITUTION OF SCHOOL BUS SERVICE WITH PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE IS NOT POSSIBLE, THE AUTHOR POINTS OUT THE NEED FOR A POLICY WHICH STRESSES CLOSE COORDINATION AND COOPERATION BETWEEN PUBLIC TRANSIT AND SCHOOL BUS OPERATORS; THROUGH SUCH A POLICY, EVERY OPPORTUNITY SHOULD BE EXPLORED TO COORDINATE SERVICES, OPTIMIZE EQUIPMENT PRODUCTIVITY, AND CAPITALIZE UPON ALL POSSIBLE ECONOMIES. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO CAL-T9-11
  • Corporate Authors:

    De Leuw, Cather and Company

    165 West Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  USA  60601
  • Publication Date: 1971-1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00240152
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 1973 12:00AM