A METHODOLOGY FOR COMPARATIVE TRANSIT PERFORMANCE EVALUATION WITH UMTA SECTION 15 DATA

The obstacles to the comparative evaluation of transit performance lie chiefly in the nonconformity and inaccuracy of the early data and also the inadequate coverage of the local operating characteristics. With the publication of the annual reports required by Section 15 of the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 since May 1981, the first obstacle has been overcome. However, because of human error in compiling the data and the format of the report, there have been many shortcomings in the first two annual reports. These shortcomings together with their solutions were outlined. In an attempt to overcome the second obstacle, a set of indices related to the costs, demand, and revenues was developed for each bus system. Each index is defined as the ratio of the difference between the actual and the expected performance measures to the expected performance measure. The expected performance measure was derived from the regression models fitted on the second-year Section 15 data. With this approach a positive index means that the bus system performs better than its expected performance and also better than its peers. A negative value, in contrast, denotes an inferior performance. A zero value of the index is thus the average. Only results for systems with 25 to 99 vehicles are presented.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 36-43
  • Monograph Title: Transit performance evaluation and auditing
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  • Accession Number: 00391933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309037174
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1985 12:00AM