AN ANALYSIS OF USER COST AND SERVICE TRADE-OFFS IN TRANSIT AND PARATRANSIT SERVICES

The Xenia Model Transit Service served as a test of several alternative transit services operated in a small city setting. This project was undertaken as an aid to the evaluation of transit and paratransit systems in Xenia, Ohio, and as a test of a new technique for assessing travel demand. The technique, direct utility assessment, was designed to test a new method for assessing user trade-offs in costs and service based on attitudinal methods. A tradeoff survey was administered as part of a home interview survey. Data from the tradeoff survey were used to develop separate equations for each sample respondent to explain and describe their tradeoffs over transit fare, travel time, walk distance, type of service, and headway. An aggregate equation was also developed, assuming that all respondents shared common tradeoffs. These equations were employed to retrospectively predict changes in transit system patronage (since 1974). Both sets of models performed well, producing forecasts that were in the same direction and range of experience, although magnitudes were somewhat different.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Louviere, J
    • KOCUR, G
  • Publication Date: 1979-8

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  • Pagination: 208 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318164
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/TSC-UM927-R9742 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1405
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM