Cities, towns and some rural areas are responding to the increasing consumer demand for convenient, affordable mass transit with a variety of creative programs. Most major cities are improving their existing mass transit systems by providing incentives to make it easier for more people to take advantage of public transportation. In Los Angeles bus ridership has climbed 48% in the last five years with 1.2 million persons using the city buses every day. Improvements introduced by the city's Rapid Transit District include special bus lanes and contra-flow lanes. Employers are providing free or discount bus passes. Seasonal public transportation for recreational use is also provided. Successful fare programs in some cities are also discussed and include a free off-peak-hours bus service in Trenton N.J., shopper specials for the elderly, and no-fare bus service in Seattle. Small cities are also dramatically increasing their transit use. Rural transportation programs operated by the Department of Welfare have proved successful in West Virginia. Community experience across the country proves that public transportation could be made to work to conserve energy.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Energy

    Office of Consumer Affairs
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Willett, S
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

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  • Pagination: p. 14-15
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322693
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1982 12:00AM