TRANSPORTATION FOR A NEW TOWN

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, IS A NEW TOWN CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON CORRIDOR. THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FOR THIS TOWN INCLUDES A STREET NETWORK, A PATHWAY NETWORK, AND A PROPOSED INNOVATIVE TRANSIT SYSTEM. THE TRANSIT SYSTEM DESIGN EVOLVED FROM A SYSTEMATIC STUDY OF COLUMBIA'S NEEDS VERSUS AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY. TRANSIT RIDERSHIP WAS FORECAST FOR SEVERAL ALTERNATE TRANSIT CONFIGURATIONS INVOLVING VARIOUS SIZES OF BUSES AND VARIOUS NEW TYPES OF TRANSIT SYSTEMS. SCHEDULED AND DEMAND-ACTUATED METHODS OF OPERATING WERE EXAMINED. THE ALTERNATE TRANSIT CONFIGURATIONS WERE EVALUATED FROM A NUMBER OF STANDPOINTS INCLUDING SERVICE PROVIDED, RIDERS ATTRACTED, CAPITAL COSTS, OPERATING COSTS, AND FINANCIAL FEASIBILITY. THE RECOMMENDED TRANSIT SYSTEM WOULD CONSIST OF 300 SIX PASSENGER VEHICLES OPERATING AUTOMATICALLY ON 17 MILES OF TWO-WAY EXCLUSIVE RIGHT-OF-WAY, AND TEN 25-PASSENGER BUSES OPERATING AS A FEEDER SERVICE TO THE AUTOMATIC SYSTEMS, A MAJORITY OF THE TRIP ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS WOULD BE WITHIN A 3-MIN WALK OF ONE OF THE 46 STATIONS ON THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT-OF-WAY. THE SYSTEM WOULD ATTRACT AROUND 17 PERCENT OF THE TRIPS AND IS FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 9-16
  • Monograph Title: New Transportation Systems and Concepts
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241619
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309019826
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1972 12:00AM