Limited information is available to assist professionals in designing transportation systems for special events. As a part of the planning effort for the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, data were gathered from past world's fairs. Data from the Knoxville Fair and additional data from past events were collected as a part of an UMTA-funded project to evaluate the transportation system for the 1982 World's Fair. The results of that analysis are discussed and additional information and conclusions are given. The design parameters for the transportation system for a world's fair include (a) design day attendance, (b) transportation mode split, (c) hourly distribution of the volume of inbound and outbound visitors, (d) onsite accumulation, and (e) gate distributions. These parameters can be used as a basis for the transportation system design. The transportation system serving a fair consists of (a) access routes to the fair, (b) parking supply and location, (c) facilities for loading and unloading shuttle and tour buses, (d) local transit, (e) local taxi and walk-in potential, and (f) specialized transportation modes such as ferry service or horse drawn carriages. Distributions of attendance, although variable on a dayto-day basis, follow similar patterns from fair to fair and provide a good basis for estimating design day attendance. The limited on-site accumulation data indicate a reasonable range that could be used for planning purposes. Data on hourly distribution of inbound and out-bound volumes are also limited but appear to follow similar trends, and thus could be used in estimating volumes for future fairs. Information on transportation mode split is only available for one fair and is highly dependent on local conditions. Gate distributions can be estimated from mode split but will be influenced by location of modal loadings and constrained by available capacity to accommodate transportation services at a given gate. Some guidelines are provided for use in designing a world's fair transportation system based on experience at past world's fairs.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-10
  • Monograph Title: Transportation and land development issues
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  • Accession Number: 00396527
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309037204
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM