This paper describes a planning concept used in providing coordinated bus and rail service to a suburban county of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. This concept, which is that of a functional classification of transit services, is analogous to that long in use for highways. Four transit service classes are defined: transitway, regional, collector, and community. Like the highway classification, the transit classification has universal applicability to all metropolitan areas, although it is more easily illustrated in large areas. The transit-functional classification concept, used by Montgomery County, Maryland, as a network planning tool, was found to be particularly useful in planning a comprehensive restructuring of county bus services that provide coordinated services to the first part of Washington's Metrorail system extending into the suburbs. The county planning department has also used the transit-functional classification concept as a policy-planning tool in carrying out a fiscal impact analysis for a growth policy study and in transit financial planning and intergovernmental responsibilities for transit operations.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 48-53
  • Monograph Title: Transit development
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00303954
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309039694
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1981 12:00AM