TIDEWATER. AN INNOVATOR IN BLENDING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TRANSIT SERVICE

Tidewater Regional Transit in southeastern Virginia has been confronted with declining ridership for its fixed-route bus system and a major strategy in its cost containment program has been the leasing of services to private operators. While core cities have declining populations, the suburban areas are growing in a pattern that cannot be served economically with fixed-route services. TRT has subsidized local cab companies for offering shared-ride service and leases 15-passenger vans to commuters who can then organize their own vanpools for serving sites such as hospitals, shipyards and naval installations. Union opposition to the lease program led to creation of mini-bus operator positions with no work rules, minimum benefits and lower pay so that shared-ride services can be provided by TRT at the same cost as the private sector. TRT contracts for a Norfolk-Portsmouth ferry service, operates trolley-type buses for tourists, and is considering a rail service on an available line to the Virginia Beach resort area. While 78% of TRT riders use conventional buses, the organization constantly looks to development of smaller systems for handling small numbers of riders.

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  • Accession Number: 00396463
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1985 12:00AM