EVALUATION OF PART-TIME LABOR AND WORK RULE CHANGES TO REDUCE PEAK PERIOD TRANSIT COSTS

The effects of changing maximum spread time (the maximum allowable time between sign-on and sign-off), changing spread premium time (the time after which a driver receives time and a half), and/or allowing more part-time drivers on bus companies in four cities with different contracts and schedules were calculated using RUCUS, the run-cutting and scheduling program developed for UMTA. For each potential work rule change, buses were rescheduled and new labor costs were computed. There is no one figure for the savings from part-time labor. The savings are context-sensitive, with the most savings going to transit properties with the highest peak-to-box ratio (5 to 14 percent in that case). Changing maximum spread time had a much greater effect on operating costs (up to a 22 percent increase in driver pay hours for a change of an hour) than changing spread premium time (only 3 to 6 percent difference in operating costs for an hour's change).

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 47-56

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  • Accession Number: 00324468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM