PROCEDURES AND EXPERIENCES IN EVALUATION OF RURAL HIGHWAY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

The Rural Highway Public Transportation Demonstration Program projects funded under section 147 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 are being evaluated on the basis of an extensive reporting procedure. Three categories of information--statistical, narrative, and detailed passenger survey data--are being collected. Statistical data on project operating characteristics are collected monthly, and narrative reports are submitted each quarter, at the end of the first year, and as a final report. After Federal Highway Administration analysis, the monthly statistical data are summarized quarterly in computer-tabulation form and distributed back through the field offices and the states to the project personnel. One year (January-December 1977) of statistical data have been reported back to the projects by this mechanism. Peer groups have been established that contain projects that, based on population density and size of vehicle fleets, are similar. Although all projects are required to be able to meet the service needs of elderly and handicapped riders, some projects have been more successful than others. The predominant one-way trip purposes were work, shopping, and school and education. Data for the fourth quarter of 1977 showed that drivers' wages account for more than half of the operating costs. Eighty percent of the funding comes from federal sources, the states contribute 13 percent, and local and private agencies contribute 7 percent. The statistical-evaluation results were remarkably steady throughout 1977; no significant fluctuations were identified. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 69-71
  • Monograph Title: Rural public transportation
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00300706
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028353
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1981 12:00AM