This research focuses on tasks for taking technically feasible preliminary transit options to a local community and translating these plans into an implementable program. This planning phase, referred to as implementation planning, addresses the following planning considerations: Financial Planning; Management and Organization; Institutional Roles; Regulatory Reforms; and Citizen Participation. The specific problem addressed concerns an evaluation of the requirement for implementing transit alternatives in a low density area and securing a community consensus. To incorporate the realities of a complex public transportation planning process, this research project is tied closely to the current public transportation improvement program of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. In this report, a model is developed to facilitate public participation in the evaluation of public transportation system alternatives. The model addresses the related problems of community participation in: 1) selecting the most preferred combination of service alternatives with respect to the technical, financial, institutional, and other constraints; 2) establishing transportation service priorities with respect to future scenarios; and 3) developing a timetable for their implementation. The combination of these three related problems allows their interactions to be studied and tradeoffs to be specified. In addition, the evaluation model is oriented to computer-interactive applications with group of citizens in a participatory planning process. It permits the systematic use of subjective data inputs from lay persons and decision makers as well as the more analytical inputs from transportation planning professionals. The model is applied to the current problem of improving public transportation service in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. The transit preferences of citizens, elected officials, and transit operators in the community were determined in a workshop and a series of interviews and were related to the characteristics of 18 urban and 25 rural transit route alternatives. The preferences were adjusted to reflect the future affects of a status quo scenario, a scenario favoring transit, and one not favoring transit. The urban and rural transit systems were selected by the evaluation model with respect to technical and financial constraints. The transit system improvements which were specified by the evaluation model compared very favorably with actual transit recommendations made by local officials. (UMTA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville

    Center for Transportation Studies, P.O. Box 400742
    Charlottesville, VA  United States  22904-4742

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Stone, J R
    • Hoel, L A
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 150 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00335713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-0009-81-3 Final Rpt., UVA/529159/CE80/101
  • Contract Numbers: VA-11-0009
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1982 12:00AM