This paper evaluates the public transportation demonstration project in Barnstable County, Massachusetts (population, 130,000; area, 100 sq km (389 sq miles); 15 towns. Service was provided with ten 12-passenger vehicles on a prearranged demand-responsive basis. The demonstration project operated for 22 months and was then continued on a permanent basis. The paper addresses various aspects of planning and design, which include preliminary project planning, program monitoring and evaluation, a rider-identification pass, data collection, user characteristics, system performance, financing, user attitudes, pricing, and simple supply-and-demand relationships. Major results and conclusions are that (a) some form of door-to-door public transportation service is necessary to meet the special needs of the elderly and the handicapped in small urban and rural areas; (b) consideration should be given to coordinating any new service of this type with similar existing services; (c) the system performance of such a service may need as much as 15 months to reach a stable condition; (d) the use of a rider-identification pass is a relatively low-cost simple mechanism by which to collect fares, market service, and obtain useful data; (e) attitudinal surveys may be helpful in determining user satisfaction and in identifying desired service changes; (f) consideration should be given to pooling various federal, state, and local funds to finance projects; and (g) any method used to apportion the local share of a deficit among towns may have to include a trip-length variable such as passenger kilometers if the desire of local officials is to base the apportionment on each town's level of use. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 58-65
  • Monograph Title: Public Transportation Planning
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  • Accession Number: 00331061
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309031036
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1982 12:00AM