The potential for using a modular approach to collect data automatically on transit buses is examined. Recommended specifications are provided for modular units such as passenger counters and fare collectors and for an entire system. Guidelines aid in evaluating the utility of automating data collection and to assist in design of a system based on transit agency needs. The modular approach will permit step-by-step implementation and simplify the design of a system for an agency's present needs without limiting future options; it will also encourage competition in the marketplace. The most predominant form of gathering ridership information now is manual data collection. The process is expensive and limited in scope. For route-level information it requires driver participation or farebox handling. Appendices to the report include: (I) Guidelines for evaluating the utility of automating a data collection system and for designing and implementing it; (II) Specifications, particularly performance specifications, for individual hardware concepts.

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  • Authors:
    • Deibel, L E
    • Zumwalt, B
  • Publication Date: 1984-12

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 123 p.
  • Serial:
    • NCTRP Report
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0732-4839

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  • Accession Number: 00395254
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM