SITE SELECTION FOR A DIAL-A-BUS DEMONSTRATION

A DISCUSSION OF GENERAL STRATEGY LEADS TO IDENTIFICATION OF THREE INITIAL TASKS: (1) DEVELOPMENT OF SELECTION CRITERIA; (2) CONDUCT OF PRELIMINARY SURVEYS; AND (3) ANALYSIS OF COMPETITION AMONG PROMISING LOCALES FOR AN ANTICIPATED DEMONSTRATION GRANT. CRITERIA WERE IDENTIFIED IN FOUR GENERAL CATEGORIES: INSTITUTIONAL, MARKET-ORIENTED, TRAFFIC-CIRCULATION, AND LOGISTICAL. SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS UNDER INSTITUTIONAL CRITERIA ARE GOVERNMENT, TRANSIT MANAGEMENT, LABOR, AND COMPETING TAXI COMPANIES. MARKET CRITERIA COVER SUCH CONSIDERATIONS AS LAND USE, POPULATION SIZE, EXPANDABILITY, AND SOCIOECONOMIC DIVERSITY. THE ABSENCE OF UNUSUALLY SEVERE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND OF PROHIBITIVE SECTOR-CONNECTIVITY PROBLEMS WERE IDENTIFIED AS TRAFFIC CIRCULATION PREREQUISITIES. LOGISTICAL CRITERIA INCLUDED AVAILABILITY OF A PROBABLE RADIO CHANNEL, AND ADEQUATE MANPOWER POOL AT REASONABLE WAGE RATES, COMPUTER SERVICES, AND PROXIMITY OF THE DEMONSTRATION SITE TO MIT. SITE SELECTION COMPETITION IS IMPORTANT TO REVEAL POTENTIAL PROBLEMS AND TO GUARANTEE LOCAL SETTLEMENT OF POTENTIAL CONTROVERSIES (LABOR RELATIONS, WHERE SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES IN WORK RULES FOR UNION LABOR MAY BE NECESSITATED; INTERMODAL COMPETITION, WHERE DIAL-A-BUS MAY TREATEN EXISTING TAXI SERVICE AND WHERE COMPENSATION FOR LOST BUSINESS DURING THE DEMONSTRATION MAY CREATE UNIQUE LEGAL PROBLEMS; AND STATE AND LOCAL TRANSIT REGULATIONS). COMPETITION MAY ARISE BETWEEN DIAL-A-BUS AND TAXI COMPANIES, ESPECIALLY SINCE A FEDERALLY-FINANCED DEMONSTRATION OF THE FORMER MAY BE INTERPRETED AS AN ANTI-TAXI SUBSIDY. A DEMONSTRATION WITH TAXIS INSTEAD OF BUSES MAY BE ADVISABLE. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO MASS-MTD-6
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Publication Date: 1970-8-27

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242044
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 23 1982 12:00AM