TRANSIT OPTIONS FOR THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN REGION

A DEPARTURE FROM THE ESSENTIALLY SINGLE-MODE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN USE TODAY IS REQUIRED TO REALISTICALLY MEET THE CHALLENGE OF FUTURE MOBILITY REQUIREMENTS. JUST AS THE AUTOMOBILE CANNOT MEET ALL THE MOBILITY REQUIREMENTS, NEITHER CAN A SINGLE TRANSIT MODE; THEREFORE, A TRANSIT SERVICE CONCEPT BASED UPON A "FAMILY OF VEHICLES" OFFERS THE ONLY REALISTIC APPROACH TO A TRULY REGIONAL SYSTEM. IN SUCH AN APPROACH, VEHICLES AND SERVICE CONCEPTS CAN BE TAILORED TO THE NEEDS OF THE TRIP TO BE MADE AND THE CHARACTER OF THE AREA SERVED; SERVICES PROVIDED UNDER THIS CONCEPT INCLUDE: COLLECTION-DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS FOR RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS, PROVIDING LOCAL BUS SERVICE AND CONVENIENT ACCESS TO A REGIONAL FAST LINK SYSTEM; A FAST LINK REGIONAL SYSTEM FOR LONGER TRIPS, EMPLOYING BOTH EXPRESS BUSES AND FIXED GUIDEWAY SYSTEMS AS APPROPRIATE; AND COLLECTION-DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS FOR USE IN HIGH ACTIVITY AREAS, PROVIDING INTERNAL CIRCULATION SERVICE AND ACCESS TO FAST LINK TERMINALS. TRANSIT EQUIPMENT USED IN THESE SYSTEMS COULD INCLUDE BUSES OF VARIOUS SIZES OPERATING ON BOTH SCHEDULED ROUTES AND IN A DEMAND-RESPONSIVE MODE (DIAL-A- RIDE), AUTOMATED VEHICLE SYSTEMS WITH SIZE AND SPEED CAPABILITIES APPROPRIATE TO THE APPLICATION, AND VARIOUS "PEOPLE-MOVER" SYSTEMS. MAJOR TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS MUST PRODUCE A REASONABLE RETURN ON THE LARGE INVESTMENT REQUIRED, TO BE JUSTIFIABLE IN CONTEXT WITH OTHER DESIRABLE AN NECESSARY PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS IN THE REGION; THESE RETURNS MAY BE IN THE FORM OF ECONOMIC BENEFITS, BUT OF AT LEAST EQUAL IMPORTANCE ARE THE ESSENTIALLY SOCIAL BENEFITS OFFERED BY IMPROVED MOBILITY. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NOMINN-T9-4
  • Corporate Authors:

    Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall

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    Midwest Planning & Research

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  • Publication Date: 1971-1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242112
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 17 1982 12:00AM