This paper describes an evaluation of alternative bus systems that will serve as line-haul and feeder service for the Metropolitan Dade County Stage I Rapid Transit System (Miami area). The weighted derivative (sensitivity) of Transit ridership is defined and computed for all study-area zones, zone pairs, districts, and district pairs. Then a comprehensive transit system is determined for the study area to aid in the planning process. These two concepts were applied to a large urban area by using the urban transportation planning system (UTPS) and UTPS compatible programs: the weighted derivative of transit ridership and a comprehensive transit system. Because design of bus route systems for Dade County had progressed considerably before application of these concepts, they did not lead to major changes in alternative transit systems. However, they did provide clear and meaningful new insight in explaining the superiority of a grid bus system; because it was able to achieve higher productivity by concentrating service in the core districts, which have much greater weighted derivative values. Since the comprehensive system attracted about the same number of riders for both connected service areas, the difference between the two design systems is largely emphasis on different areas. It is hoped that these concepts will be used to guide subsequent refinements of the grid system.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 23-27
  • Monograph Title: Bus and rural transit
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  • Accession Number: 00303936
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309029686
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1981 12:00AM