As a result of the underutilization of fixed-route transit service during late evening hours, the City of Madison, Wisconsin became interested in exploring the feasibility of utilizing taxis to supplant or supplement the fixed route service during late evening hours. Based on data analysis, three alternative taxi/transit coordination scenarios were developed and analyzed: replacement of buses with taxis operating on fixed routes, replacement of fixed-route service, and shortening of fixed-routes and the provision of neighborhood feeder services. It was concluded that some form of taxi feeder service it the most promising in terms of cost-effectiveness. The type of feeder service specifically recommended is known as "cycle many-to-one," in which taxis circulate through each service area on a 30-minute cycle, returning to the transfer point to meet each line haul vehicle and thus ensuring coordinated transfers. Passengers transferring from the line haul to a taxi would be able to do at the transfer point. Sufficient slack time would be included in both taxi and line haul schedules to ensure tht transfers are coordinated. One of the major advantages of the feeder alternative is that it is possible to implement it in a step-by-step process. Staging the implementation minimizes initial expenditures and provides the opportunity to refine system operations before the system is fully operational. Also, it allows the community some time to understand and accept the new system.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, P.O. Box 7910
    Madison, WI  United States  53707-7910

    Multisystems, Incorporated

    1050 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 108 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00331374
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1982 12:00AM