AN ACTION PROGRAM FOR TRANSIT IMPROVEMENT

THE TRANSIT SYSTEM IS DESCRIBED WITH REFERENCE TO SERVICE CHARACTERISTICS, CAPITAL INVENTORY, FINANCIAL BALANCE SHEET, AND PASSENGER AND MILEAGE TRENDS. ALL RELEVANT OPERATIONAL ASPECTS ARE OUTLINED SUCH AS ROUTES AND SCHEDULES, FARE STRUCTURE, MAINTENANCE PROGRAM, SCOPE OF SERVICE, HEADWAYS, SAFETY RECORD, AND RIDERSHIP. ALTERNATIVE TRANSIT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS ARE EXAMINED AND COMPARED BETWEEN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC VARIATIONS. THE NASHVILLE PLAN, ADOPTED IN 1958, CREATED A REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY EMPOWERED TO ACQUIRE AND OPERATE THE EXISTING PRIVATE SYSTEM AND TO REGULATE MASS TRANSPORTATION THROUGHOUT THE METROPOLITAN AREA. TAXING POWERS OF THE AUTHORITY AND ITS ENABLING LEGISLATION ARE DISCUSSED IN DETAIL. THE ANALYSIS TRANSIT USER SURVEYS COVER SUCH ASPECTS AS SPATIAL TRAVEL PATTERNS, MODAL SPLIT, TRIP GENERATION, AND A RIDERSHIP PROFILE. THE DATA ALSO INDICATE THAT THE MAJORITY OF RIDERS ARE "CAPTIVES" WHO OTHERWISE LACK ACCESS TO A PRIVATE AUTOMOBILE OR OTHER TRANSPORTATION MODE. SEVERAL SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING BUS TRANSIT IN NASHVILLE ARE CONTAINED: (1) PURCHASE OF NEW ROLLING STOCK; (2) INSTALLATION OF BUS SHELTERS; (3) REVISION OF THE FARE STRUCTURE; (4) IMPROVED PROMOTION AND INFORMATION PROGRAMS; (5) CHARTER SALES; (6) ACQUISITION OF NEW MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT; (7) MODIFICATION OF ROUTES TO IMPROVE DEMAND-RESPONSIVENESS; AND (8) INSTALLATION OF 2-WAY RADIOS IN BUSES. A TOTAL COST OF $4.2 MILLION IS ESTIMATED, BROKEN DOWN BY YEAR THROUGH 1980. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO TENN-T9-2
  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1970-7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM