DIAL-A-RIDE: AN OVERVIEW OF A NEW DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

DIAL-A-RIDE IS A PERSONALIZED DOOR-TO-DOOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE. THE SYSTEM EMPLOYS A FLEET OF SMALL VEHICLES THAT OPERATE WITHOUT FIXED ROUTES OR SCHEDULES. RATHER, VEHICLE ASSIGNMENTS ARE DETERMINED BY A DIGITAL- COMPUTER PROGRAM THAT RESPONDS TO CUSTOMER REQUESTS AS THEY ARE RECEIVED. THE VEHICLES ARE THEN ROUTED FOR OPTIMUM PRODUCTIVITY. PASSENGERS ENJOY DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE ALONG ROUTES SPECIALLY CALCULATED FROM THEIR ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS. THE TOPICS EXAMINED ARE (1) THE PROPER ROLE OF DIAL-A-RIDE IN AN URBAN TRANSPORTATION SETTING; (2) THE COST OF SERVICE; (3) ALTERNATIVE PRICING POLICIES; (4) PROBLEMS IN ADJUSTING TO PEAK-HOUR DEMAND; (5) WHY THE COMPUTER IS NECESSARY; (6) HARDWARE COSTS; (7) DESIGN ALTERNATIVES IN THE SYSTEM; (8) COMPARISONS BETWEEN DIAL-A-RIDE AND OTHER INNOVATIVE PUBLIC TRANSIT CONCEPTS; (9) UTILITY OF THE SYSTEM FOR CONVENTIONAL TRANSIT COMPANY OPERATION; (10) PREVIOUS DEMONSTRATIONS OF DIAL-A-RIDE; (11) RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE DIAL-A-RIDE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS; AND (12) ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION. /UMATA/

  • 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: 1971-3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242046
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 15 1982 12:00AM