COORDINATED BUS-RAIL SERVICE PROJECT - AUTO USER-SURVEY REPORT

THE ROCKLAND COUNTY COORDINATED BUS-RAIL EXPERIMENT WAS A TEST OF THE WILLINGNESS OF PEOPLE TO USE A FEEDER BUS SERVICE THAT PROVIDED REGULAR AND RELIABLE CONNECTIONS WITH A RAILROAD GOING INTO MANHATTAN. MANY NEW RIDERS WERE ATTRACTED TO THE SERVICE OPTION; HOWEVER, A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF TRIPS WERE EITHER LIGHTLY PATRONIZED OR EMPTY. RESPONSE TO SURVEY INDICATED THAT THE USERS, FOR THE MOST PART, REVERTED TO USE OF PRIVATE AUTO AS THEY FELT IT WAS TO THEIR ADVANTAGE TO DRIVE THEIR OWN CARS OR PARTICIPATE IN CAR POOLS TO THE STATION AND COMMUTE BY TRAIN FROM THERE. AMONG THE REASONS GIVEN WERE THE ADDITIONAL TIME REQUIRED TO USE THE BUS, THE INCONVENIENT SCHEDULES IF THE TRIP OR PART OF IT WAS OFF-PEAK HOURS, THE FACT THAT IT WAS TOO FAR FROM THE HOUSE TO A BUS STOP, OR THAT THE PERSONAL CONVENIENCE OF USING A CAR WAS MORE ATTRACTIVE. IN ADDITION, SOME RIDERS WERE ABLE TO DEVELOP CAR POOLS WITH A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF RIDERS TO PROVIDE A PER CAPITA COST LOWER THAN THE BUS. NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS GAVE "JOURNEY-TO- WORK" AS THEIR TRIP PURPOSE WITH NEW YORK CITY THE DESTINATION OF NINETY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TRAVELLERS. ON THE BASIS OF THE SURVEY EXAMINATION, THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT THE ABILITY TO ATTRACT PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEIR PRIVATE AUTOMOBILE DEPENDS UPON THE QUALITY OF A BUS SERVICE TO MEET SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: WALKING DISTANCE FROM HOME TO BUS, FREQUENT BUS SERVICE, AND RELIABLE BUS SERVICE (DENSE AND REGULAR BUS SCHEDULES AND ACCESSIBLE PARKING AT BUS STOPS). /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO INT-MTD-7
  • Corporate Authors:

    Tri-State Transportation Commission

    100 Church Street
    New York, NY  USA  10007
  • Publication Date: 1965-6

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241860
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 23 1973 12:00AM