This paper describes a study that was conducted to determine why the service from the park-and-ride lot on Greenwood Drive in Portsmouth, Va. failed to attract more riders than it did. Also, it describes a procedural method proposed by Wester and Demetsky to assist transit planners in developing park-and-ride facilities. The methodology is based on the analysis of population, service and urban development characteristics of park-and-ride operations in Richmond and Virginia Beach; and it also estimates the demand for the bus service. The application of the methodology to the planning of the express bus and fringe parking transit to the Greenwood Drive service reveals that the low levels of patronage that have been experienced could have been expected. When the Greenwood Drive service was planned, the completed subscription bus service was not properly considered. Thus, it was concluded that the methodology improves the general capability for developing successful park-and-ride transit operations. The following observations were made regarding the future potential of the Greenwood Drive lot service to attract riders: the competitive subscription bus service clearly dominates the market for transit to the NOB-NAS; the site is somewhat isolated from the local neighborhood; the service should have been advertised continually and more directional signs should have been provided on local roads, and the lot design is adequate, but better maintenance and security are desirable.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 28-30
  • Monograph Title: Bus and rural transit
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00303937
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309029686
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1981 12:00AM