To achieve an equitable distribution of its transit service, the Southern California Rapid Transit District intends to allocate service by formula to the communities it serves. The formula would have measures of ridership and population. Before a decision maker can set the relative weights of these two variables, the effect on service levels in the various constituencies must be determined. This paper describes a study that determined the formula that came closest to prescribing the existing levels of service. Data on population, service levels, and ridership were obtained from a system of area accounts, in which data are maintained at the census-tract level and then aggregated into larger areas as required. Regression was used to determine that the formula that best fit existing service levels would have weights of 48 percent on ridership and 52 percent on population. It was found that a better fit was obtained when service was measured in dollars expended rather than in bus kilometers. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 47-50
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309031036
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1982 12:00AM