In the spring and summer of 1980 a draft for transport cooperation was produced for a "community bus". The community bus started at Ingared, in the municipality of Alingsaas. This activity continued for two and a half years with breaks in the summers. Community bus means that the inhabitants in a neighbourhood themselves organize a feeder transport service between the neighbourhood and a bus or railway station. The community bus can also be used for spare time activities. By exemption from the edict about professional transport the community bus, a minibus for eight passengers, may be driven by persons with a driving licence for private cars. The community bus is to be seen as an integral part of the regional public traffic company (GL) and normal fare is valid. The traffic company answers for the costs of the vehicle and the residents organize and perform the service without remuneration. To improve the idea about community bus, a new project was started in October 1981 at Uddared, in the municipality of Lerum. The aim of this study was to: (1) continue the development of community bus as a transportation form for another residential area, (2) especially study the community bus being complementary to the existing taxi service, and (3) follow-up the patronage of the service, study energy savings made, and the attitudes of the passengers to the community bus as a form of transportation. The number of passengers on the Uddared-Floda station route increased from about 50 persons a day before the time of the community bus to about 225 persons a day in the winter of 1982/83. The driven distance with the community bus was nearly 180 kilometres a day on average in the period August 1982 - June 1983. The fuel consumption was 1,5 litres per 10 kilometres. It was found that 90% of the households thought that the community bus was of great value to the inhabitants. Energy saving due to the community bus was estimated at about 15,000 litres of petrol a year, on average 70% of the capacity of the community bus was used. Every day 5-7 services had to be doubled. 31 persons (scholars excluded) increased their going by train from the time before the introduction of the community bus. The income accruing to GL through increased use of the community bus and train was estimated at about 5,900 sek a month. The costs were about 6,400 sek for the same period. The income covered 92% of the costs. The costs of the community bus were estimated to be 1.76 sek per kilometre and a little more than 2 sek per passenger and journey. (TRRL)

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    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

    Trafikplanering-Arkitektur, Fack
    S-402 20 Goeteborg 5,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • OLSSON, I
  • Publication Date: 1983


  • Swedish

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  • Accession Number: 00382792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TACTH Rapport 1983:2Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM