THE MINIBUS IN WASHINGTON, D. C.

THE GOAL OF THE STUDY WAS TO DETERMINE WHETHER SMALL BUSES, DESIGNED FOR CIRCULATION WITHIN RETAIL CORE AREAS AND OPERATING ON A FIXED ROUTE AND FREQUENT SCHEDULE, COULD ATTRACT ENOUGH RIDERS TO FACILITATE THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE, REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION, AND STIMULATE BUSINESS ACTIVITY. THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE CHARACTERISTICS WERE SOUGHT: (1) A SMALL BUS FOR FLEXIBILITY IN TRAFFIC, (2) LOW EXHAUST FUMES, (3) ATTRACTIVE DESIGN, AND (4) COMFORTABLE BOARDING AND SEATING ARRANGEMENTS. NO ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE COULD BE FOUND THAT MET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS, AND A CONVENTIONALLY POWERED SMALL BUS WAS SELECTED. OPERATING SCHEDULES, HEADWAYS, RUNNING TIMES, EFFECT ON TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN COUNTS, OPERATING COSTS, RIDER CHARACTERISTICS, PATRONAGE TRENDS, AND FARES ARE DISCUSSED. THE MOST DIRECT EFFECT OF THE DEMONSTRATION WAS IN CHANGES OF ATTITUDES TOWARD MOBILITY IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. THERE WAS A CONSISTENT PATTERN OF FAVORABLE CHANGE OF ATTITUDE IN THE ADULTS, WHICH APPEARED DIRECTLY RELATED TO FAMILIARITY WITH AND USE OF THE MINIBUS. THE MINIBUS NOW OPERATES ON A THREE MINUTE SCHEDULE IN LIEU OF THE TWO AND ONE- HALF MINUTE FREQUENCY DURING THE TEST YEAR. THE SAVINGS IN OPERATING COSTS OBTAINED BY THIS CHANGE, TOGETHER WITH SEVERAL CHANGES EFFECTED AT THE END OF THE TEST YEAR, NOW ALLOW THE SHOPPERS' MINIBUS SYSTEM TO BE A SELF-SUSTAINING OPERATION AT THE FIVE CENT FARE. WITH THE PASSENGER TREND UPWARD, THE MINIBUS SYSTEM HAS BECOME A PERMANENT OPERATION WITH AN URBAN TRANSIT SYSTEM OWNED BY PRIVATE ENTERPRISE. THE SERVICE HAS EXPANDED TO PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICE BETWEEN 27 U. S. GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO DC-MTD-2
  • Corporate Authors:

    Washington Metro Area Transit Commission

    Washington, DC  United States 

    District of Columbia Government

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1965-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241906
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 2003 12:00AM