DRAWBACKS INHERENT IN CURRENTLY USED MEASURES OF MASS TRANSIT PERFORMANCE

The paper examines weakness and biases inherent in certain measures of urban mass transit performance. The concepts of effectiveness and efficiency in transit are discussed, and the shortcomings of some currently used effectiveness ratios are examined. It is noted that many of the effectiveness measures should more properly be classified as efficiency measures. Weaknesses of certain efficiency measures are also examined. The performance measures examined are cost per passenger, passengers per bus hour, vehicle miles per operator, and cost per vehicle hour.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Indiana Univ. Northwest, Gary.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Nebraska, Lincoln

    Department of Civil Engineering, Nebraska Hall
    Lincoln, NE  USA  68588-0531

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Barnum, D T
    • Gleason, J M
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326378
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-NE-11-0002 Spec Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1981 12:00AM