A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO SUBAREA TRANSIT SERVICE DESIGN

THE USUAL TRANSIT SERVICE DESIGN PROCESS CURRENTLY CONSISTS OF A COSTLY CYCLE OF ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM DESIGNS FOLLOWED BY SYSTEM TESTING. A PRIME DETERRENT TO SUBSTITUTION OF OPTIMIZATION TECHNIQUES IS THE NUMBER AND COMPLEXITY OF THE PARAMETERS THAT THE DESIGNER CAN VARY. A PARTIAL SOLUTION, READILY USABLE WITH EXISTING ANALYSIS PROGRAMS, IS PRESENTED. THE TECHNIQUE PROVIDES A TRANSIT-USE ESTIMATE PRIOR TO SYSTEM DESIGN, EMPLOYING THE CONCEPT OF A UBIQUITOUS TRANSIT SERVICE IN ORDER TO AVOID PREJUDICIAL ASSUMPTIONS AS TO TRANSIT ROUTINGS. AN APPLICATION INVOLVING THE DESIGN OF SUBURBAN BUS SERVICE IS DESCRIBED. THE TECHNIQUE WAS USED TO IDENTIFY FEASIBLE SERVICE AREAS AND ESTABLISH A BASIC SYSTEM OPERATING PATTERN. IT WAS EMPLOYED IN SENSITIVITY ANALYSES TO EXAMINE ALTERNATIVE FARES AND SERVICE FREQUENCIES. THE RESULTS INDICATE THAT THE TECHNIQUE HAS PROMISE AS A USEFUL TOOL IN DEVELOPING IMPROVED TRANSIT SERVICE.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 37-47
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation for small and medium-sized cities
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309020913
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 23 1973 12:00AM