Public transportation operating standards are a body of guidelines concerning the manner in which operators provide service to the public. Most of these guidelines relate to routes, frequency of service, and, to some degree, financing. There is a need for a concerted effort to develop and codify a universal set of standards against which all transit systems can be measured and to provide the means by which data can be secured so that measurements can be made. The standards must be high, specific and quantifiable. Both maximum and minimum standards must be established. The standards must be classifiable into passenger related, regulatory body related, operation, mechanical and route specific classes. The manner of collection of data is discussed. System internal information can be supplied directly by the system, but the external information may be gathered by an independent body under ground rules that ensure similar methods throughout the country. The standards that require public opinion may best be handled by having the general public submit an annual report card on the performance of the system. A table illustrates how standards may be set up. The development of minimum standards will require the initial determination of averages and any program for the development of standards must start with definitions. The general standards currently in the most widespread use are those promulgated by the National Committee on Urban Transportation. Those guidelines relating to routing are examined. Compromises and inadequacies evident in these are noted.

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    • Appeared in Issues in Public Transportation, Proceedings of a conference held by the Highway Research Board at Henniker, New Hampshire, July 9-14, 1972. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • James, D H
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  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 67-72
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  • Accession Number: 00272056
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 19 1981 12:00AM