WACO TRANSIT STUDY

PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE IS PRESENTLY PROVIDED IN THE WACO AREA BY WACO TRANSIT CORPORATION, WHICH IS A PRIVATELY OWNED AND OPERATED PROPERTY OF THE AMERICAN TRANSIT CORPORATION. TRANSIT PATRONAGE HAS BEEN DECLINING AND THE REVENUE-COST SITUATION HAS BECOME MORE CRITICAL. IN ADDITION, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO RELOCATE THE TRANSIT SHOPS AND OFFICES BECAUSE OF URBAN RENEWAL AND THE IMPENDING OPENING OF THE NEW FRANKLIN STREET BRIDGE. REVENUES ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE SUFFICIENT TO COVER THE COST OF ACQUIRING RELOCATION FACILITIES. THESE CONDITIONS MADE IT IMPERATIVE THAT THE CITY OF WACO CONSIDER SOME DEGREE OF SUBSIDY AND/ OR ALTERNATIVES TO THE EXISTING PRIVATELY OWNED OPERATION. THE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH EACH OF FOUR BUS FLEET ALTERNATIVES ARE PRESENTED. UNDER ALTERNATIVE 1, THE ENTIRE EXISTING FLEET WOULD BE PURCHASED. ALTERNATIVE 2 WILL REQUIRE THE PURCHASE OF 16 REPLACEMENT BUSES DURING THE 10 YEAR PERIOD. ALTERNATIVE 3 INVOLVES THE PURCHASE OF FOUR REPLACEMENT BUSES DURING THIS PERIOD. UNDER BOTH OF THESE ALTERNATIVES, THE REPLACEMENT BUSES WOULD HAVE TO BE PURCHASED WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF MODEL CITIES ASSISTANCE. ALTERNATIVE 4 (THE INITIAL PURCHASE OF 24 NEW BUSES) REQUIRES THE LEAST TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF THE FOUR ALTERNATIVES. IN ADDITION, SEVERAL OTHER ADVANTAGES CAN BE REALIZED FROM PALN 4; (1) SINCE NO REPLACEMENT BUSES WOULD BE REQUIRED DURING THE 10-YEAR PERIOD, THE CITY WOULD REALIZE THE BENEFIT OF WACO MODEL CITIES PARTICIPATION IN ALL CAPITAL EXPENDITURES FOR PULLING STOCK, (2) SHORTLY AFTER THE CITY ASSUMES THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRANSIT SERVICE, A COMPLETELY NEW, AIR-CONDITIONED FLEET WOULD BE SERVING THE PUBLIC. (3) FEW MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS COULD BE ANTICIPATED IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE. (4) A SMALLER PARTS INVENTORY WOULD BE REQUIRED. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO TEX-T9-3
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  USA  76011
  • Publication Date: 1970-12

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM