A CASE FOR BUS TRANSIT IN URBAN AREAS

RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED TO SEE IF IMPROVED BUS TRANSIT SYSTEMS SHOULD BE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL FACILITIES TO ALLEVIATE HIGHWAY OVERLOADS. RECENT TRANSPORTATION STUDIES HAVE INDICATED THAT BUS TRANSIT IS CAPABLE OF ALLEVIATING PEAK-HOUR OVERLOADS ON URBAN FREEWAYS. THE USE OF EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS-OF-WAY OFFERS DISTINCT ADVANTAGES FOR BUS TRAVEL IN MAINTAINING A COMPETITIVE POSITION. THE COSTS OF THE BUS TRANSIT-AND THE AUTOMOBILE-ORIENTED SYSTEMS ARE NEARLY EQUAL IN TERMS OF DIRECT, QUANTIFIABLE MONETARY CONSIDERATIONS. HOWEVER, THE BUS TRANSIT SYSTEM CAN PROVIDE ACCESSIBILITY TO MORE PEOPLE, PROMOTE MORE HETEROGENEOUS SOCIAL CONTACTS, AND BE LESS DISRUPTIVE OF COMMUNITY VALUES. IT IS FELT THAT THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN EFFICIENT, COMPETITIVE, AND VIABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT CAN EFFECTIVELY COPE WITH URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS WILL REQUIRE: (1) AGGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP INTERESTED IN THE PLANNED AND ORDERLY DEVELOPMENT OF THE METROPOLITAN AREA THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS THAT REFLECT THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS OF THE COMMUNITY, (2) RATIONAL ANALYSES OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, FULLY COORDINATED WITH A COMPREHENSIVE URBAN PLANNING PROCESS, AND (3) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF GRANT AND AID PROGRAMS OF THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ACT, THE FUNDS OF THE FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY ACT, AND VARIOUS AID PROGRAMS OF THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACT.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 19 Pp, 26 PHOT
  • Corporate Authors:

    PEAT MARWICK MITCHELL & CO

    WASHINGTON, DC  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1970

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  • Accession Number: 00241347
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 27 1970 12:00AM