The objective of this study is system management-improving the efficency and effectiveness of bus service. The report provides ridership profiles for all of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus routes as structured in 1981. The paper contains 5 parts and 3 appendices. Part 1 presents a brief history of transit ridership in Rhode Island from the early horse-drawn "omnibuses" to the present. Part 2 presents background information on the RIPTA system. Each route is profiled by time of day and week and ranked by several performance measures. Part 3 describes the data collection and processing techniques and sets forth the methodology employed for structuring and comparing route profiles. Part 4 analyzes various service needs. Part 5 provides recommendations for monitoring routes, improving the quality and focus of data collection, and increasing the efficiency of data collection and processing methods. Appendix A contains individual route profiles; Appendix B ranks routes; and Appendix C illustrates route performance trends.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program

    265 Melrose Street
    Providence, RI  United States  02907

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1985-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 178 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00396548
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-RI-09-0014-85
  • Contract Numbers: UMTA-RI-09-0014
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM