RESEARCH IN THE TRANSIT FIELD

THE DIFFERENCES IN OUTLOOK BETWEEN RESEARCHERS AND TRANSIT OPERATORS IS DISCUSSED AND THE NEED TO BRING THEM TOGETHER IS EMPHASIZED. RESEARCH HAS BEEN DONE ON ALL PHASES OF THE TRANSIT FIELD INCLUDING HARDWARE, REGULATIONS, LABOR AND MANAGEMENT, WITH A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE FUNDS BEING DIRECTED TOWARD HARDWARE TECHNOLOGY. LABOR IS OFTEN THE CONTROLLING FACTOR IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS AND A PROPER BALANCE BETWEEN LABOR AND MANAGEMENT IS URGED. THE AREA OF REGULATIONS IS ANOTHER FIELD FOR RESEARCH AND THE NEED FOR SCHEMES WHICH OPTIMIZE THE USE OF EQUIPMENT AND LABOR AND EXTEND THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE AN EQUITABLE, AS WELL AS PROFITABLE, SERVICE IS EXPRESSED. THE INFLEXIBILITY OF MANY SYSTEMS WHICH DECREASES ITS PATRONAGE, MAY BE ATTRIBUTED TO BAY LABOR CONTROL, LACK OF INNOVATIONS AND TO MANAGEMENT AND OTHER REGULATORY BODIES. OBSERVATIONS ARE MADE ON THE PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF TRANSIT PROPERTY AND THE DESIRABILITY OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP IS INDICATED. THE DIRECTION OF TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND THE MERITS AND DEMERITS OF THE PERSONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM ARE DISCUSSED. ATTENTION TO THE ECONOMICS OF SYSTEM OPERATION IS NEEDED TO MAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION A VIABLE PROPOSITION.

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    • Heathington, Kenneth W
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 1-3
  • Monograph Title: PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH NEEDS
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  • Accession Number: 00242495
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309021510
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1982 12:00AM