COORDINATED BUS-RAIL SERVICE: ROCKLAND COUNTY, WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK

AS IT IS THOUGHT THAT PROVISION OF FEEDER BUS SERVICE TO RAPID RAIL TRANSIT IS THE BEST MEANS TO DIVERT SUBURBANITES FROM THE AUTOMOBILE, ESPECIALLY FOR JOURNEYS TO THE CBD, A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT WAS CONDUCTED TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE FOR ROCKLAND COUNTY, AN AREA ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE HUDSON RIVER 35 AIR MILES FROM THE MANHATTAN CBD. THE COUNTY LACKED FAST, CONVENIENT RAIL SERVICE, AND EITHER THE BUS OR THE PRIVATE AUTO SUPPLIED MOST OF THE TRANSPORTATION TO THE CITY. A FEEDER BUS ROUTE WAS DESIGNED TO CONNECT THE COUNTY SEAT WITH THE TARRYTOWN COMMUTER RAIL STATION ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER. THE 24 DAILY TRIPS---HALF DURING THE PEAK HOURS AND HALF DURING OFF-PEAK HOURS---REPRESENTED AN EXPANSION OF EXISTING SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE SAME OPERATOR. DURING THE FIRST YEAR, PATRONAGE GREW FROM AN INITIAL 200 RIDERS IN BOTH DIRECTIONS TO A HIGH OF 467, WITH MOST OF THE DIVERSION OCCURING FROM THE AUTOMOBILE. ALTHOUGH THE FEEDER LINE PROVED A SUCCESS FOR THE UNIDIRECTIONAL PEAKS, LOW PATRONAGE BOTH ON RETURN TRIPS DURING THE PEAK AND IN GENERAL DURING OFF-PEAK TRIPS PROVED A STRAIN. VARIOUS UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS WERE MADE DURING THE PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE ADVERSE COST--REVENUE RATIO. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT A SHORT-HAUL FEEDER BUS SYSTEM MUST FIND SUBSTANTIAL OFF-PEAK USE OR BE SUBSIDIZED IF IT IS TO PROVIDE PEAK-HOUR SHUTTLE SERVICE AT A REASONABLE COST TO THE COMMUTER. /UMTA/

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

    Tri-State Transportation Commission

    100 Church Street
    New York, NY  United States  10007
  • Publication Date: 1967-1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241916
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1982 12:00AM