The city of San Antonio is described, the history of its successful transit system is briefly reviewed, and the development is outlined of operating standards that served as a basis for the rendering of the present service and the extension of the service into new developments with new lines. Aerial maps of the city were used to study its geographical and physical layout and plot routes for transit service. A set of minimum standards were then adopted which had to be satisfied before an extension of the bus service is made. This plan, keyed to provide and economic basis for the operation of the system, is set forth here. A decision was also made to establish and maintain, as long as possible, a low basic-fare structure. The application of these criteria to the system has resulted in 59 major extensions and the removal of only 3 such extensions. In establishing the frequency of service, the load factor was not to exceed 150 percent of the seating capacity in peak periods. Emphasis is placed on schedule adherence and operators are checked to the half minute at check points. In planning new service or changes in service, the director of research and schedules and the director of operations share the responsibility. The criteria established in the first year of service has permitted growth of the system and the meeting of all operating costs and other obligations. The low basic fare and zone system have been very meaningful and attractive in maintaining patronage.

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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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    • Hill, F Norman
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  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 63-67
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  • Accession Number: 00272057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 19 1981 12:00AM