CASE STUDY OF A DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

AN UNNAMED CITY WITH A 1965 POPULATION ESTIMATED AT 175,000 WAS SELECTED TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF A DEMAND- RESPONSIVE SYSTEM OF THE DIAL-A-BUS TYPE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASCERTAINING THE MARKETABILITY OF SUCH A SYSTEM IN THE APPROXIMATELY 100 U.S. CITIES WHOSE POPULATION DENSITY MIGHT SUPPORT IT. IN ADDITION TO BEING BASED ON A REAL CITY, THE STUDY DEPARTS FROM MANY OTHERS BY INCLUDING A FULL LIFE- CYCLE ANALYSIS AND BY DERIVING SYSTEM DESIGN FROM THREE INDEPENDENT SURVEYS OF POTENTIAL PATRONS. THE TOPICS TREATED ARE THE SOCIOECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CITY CHOSEN FOR THE CASE STUDY, THE AREA'S TRIP-GENERATING CHARACTERISTICS, DESIGN OF THE BASELINE SYSTEM, COMPUTER SIMULATIONS, RIDERSHIP ANALYSES AND ESTIMATIONS, SYSTEM COSTS, LIKELIHOOD OF POLITICAL ACCEPTANCE, AND THE POTENTIAL FOR REAL-WORLD MODULATION OF SYSTEM VARIABLES. THE CONCLUSION FROM A WORST- CASE FINANCIAL ANALYSIS IS THAT THE SYSTEM COULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE CASE-STUDY CITY WITH A 50-CENT ONE-WAY FARE, 15-MINUTE MAXIMUM WAITING TIME, AND A TRAVEL TIME NO GREATER THAN TWICE THAT REQUIRED BY AN AUTOMOBILE. THIS WOULD RESULT IN A TRIP DIVERSION OF ABOUT 15% OF THE 175,000 WEEKDAY TRIPS THAT BEGIN AND END IN THE COMMUNITY EACH DAY.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 14-39
  • Monograph Title: DEMAND-ACTUATED TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241546
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030901963X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1971 12:00AM