DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION AS SEEN BY THE TRANSIT WORKER

CONCERNED AS THE WORKER IS WITH THE ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES AND DECLINING PRODUCTIVITY OF THE FIXED ROUTE TRANSIT SYSTEM, AND THE FAILURE OF GOVERNMENT AND THE INDUSTRY TO RESPOND ADEQUATELY, HE LOOKS ON THE DIAL-A-BUS AS AN ATTRACTIVE IMPROVEMENT, OFFERING JOBS AND ECONOMIC PROGRESS BOTH TO THE WORKER AND THE INDUSTRY. THE SYSTEM IS SEEN TO OFFER OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW MARKETS IN THE LOW DENSITY AREAS AND WHEREVER THE CONVENTIONAL LINE-HAUL IS NOT FEASIBLE. IT IS REGRETTED THAT THE DEMAND RESPONSIVE SERVICE WAS DEMONSTRATED IN HADDONFIELD USING A MANUAL SYSTEM FOR DISPATCH OF VEHICLES. THIS WOULD NOT BE RELEVANT TO THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF A COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM. THE CONCEPT OF FARE-BOX FINANCING IS REGARDED AS OUTMODED. A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE IS URGED IN THE CONGRESS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE SERVICE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO TAP SUBSTANTIAL OFF-PEAK RIDERSHIP, OFFERING THE INDUSTRY LABOR AND COST ECONOMIES. IT IS ALSO SEEN TO STABILIZE THE NUMBER OF JOBS AND REDUCE THE NEED FOR SPLIT-SHIFT SCHEDULES. THE IMPROVED CONVENIENCE, RELIABILITY, AND SPEED OF TRANSIT OF THE DIAL-A-BUS WOULD INCREASE ITS PATRONAGE, THUS ENABLING THE TRANSIT SYSTEM TO FUNCTION MORE PRODUCTIVELY.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 75-79
  • Monograph Title: DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242516
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 20 1982 12:00AM