MASS TRANSIT OPERATIONS: SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY

THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF REGULAR INTRACITY BUS SERVICE IS CHARACTERIZED BY A COMMON PROFILE OF DECLINING RIDERSHIP AND RISING COSTS WHICH CANNOT BE MET BY FAREBOX REVENUES ALONE. THE REPORT, WHOSE PURPOSE WAS TO EXAMINE PRESENT OPERATIONS AND SYNTHESIZE SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE, BEGINS WITH A DETAILED INVENTORY AND OVERVIEW OF THE SHREVEPORT TRANSIT COMPANY IN RESPECT TO FRANCHISE RIGHTS, UNION CONTRACT PROVISIONS, ROUTES AND SCHEDULING EQUIPMENT, RIDERSHIP LEVELS, CURRENT FARE STRUCTURE, COSTS AND REVENUES, AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT. EXISTING FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT ARE ADEQUATE, BUT RIDERSHIP HAS DECLINED DRAMATICALLY IN RECENT YEARS. A 67% DROP IN OVERALL PATRONAGE WAS RECORDED BETWEEN 1960 AND 1969. IN ADDITION, OPERATING EXPENSES HAVE RISEN DESPITE SERVICE REDUCTIONS AND A FARE HIKE. SUCH CONVENTIONAL MEASURES AS PURCHASES OF NEW ROLLING STOCK, FARE INCREASES, SERVICE ALTERATIONS, OR PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES CANNOT APPRECIABLY REDRESS THIS DECLINE. HOWEVER, CONTINUED MASS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES ARE DESIRABLE BOTH TO PROMOTE THE ECONOMICAL VITALITY OF LOCAL COMMERCIAL CENTERS AND TO PROVIDE MOBILITY FOR PERSONS WHO OTHERWISE LACK ACCESS TO AN AUTOMOBILE. SEVERAL SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ADVANCED TO MAINTAIN THE MASS TRANSPORTATION SERVICE. WITH REFERENCE TO MANAGEMENT, CREATION OF A REGIONAL-BASED PUBLIC AGENCY TO ACQUIRE AND OPERATE THE EXISTING SYSTEM IS ADVOCATED. THE AGENCY WOULD PARTICIPATE IN FEDERAL TRANSIT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND EMPLOY SPECIAL TAX REVENUES TO SUBSIDIZE DEFICIT OPERATIONS. THE REPORT DOES NOT RECOMMEND CHANGES IN THE BASIC ROUTING NETWORK, BUT SUGGESTS THAT ROUTES CONVERGE ON A CENTRAL POINT TO FACILITATE TRANSFERS. SOME SCHEDULING AND PROMOTIONAL CHANGES ARE ALSO DISCUSSED TO GIVE THE SYSTEM A "NEW LOOK." THE REPORT CONCLUDES WITH A BRIEF COMPARATIVE DISCUSSION OF BUS TRANSIT IN OTHER CITIES, PARTICULARLY IN WISCONSIN AND BINGHAMTON, N. Y. THE ANALYSIS INCLUDES A TABLE COMPARING FINANCIAL DATA, OPERATING STATISTICS, AND SELECTED RATIOS (E.G., PASSENGERS PER 100 MILES OF THE SHREVEPORT TRANSIT COMPANY AND NINE OTHER SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

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

    De Leuw, Cather and Company

    165 West Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  USA  60601
  • Publication Date: 1971-1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242105
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 15 1972 12:00AM