This report, for Tyneside Pte, compares an all-bus system with the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) recommended in the Tyne Wear Plan (TWP). It was decided that the best alternative base to the LRT was an all-bus system, replacing existing commuter rail services. Conservative characteristics were chosen for the LRT; in particular there were no coordinated bus feeders. Nevertheless, 70% of passenger miles are by bus (23% LRT) in this study, compared with 93% by bus in the base. Full capital costs of the LRT, including costs to BR and property owners, are counted. The report discusses fully the technical procedures used in forecasting travel demand and operating characteristics; also the procedures and results of economic evaluation. The model includes a measure of service reliability, where LRT improves on buses. Highway congestion and some traffic restraint are modelled. Details of data preparation are also given. Economic and financial benefits are calculated; (LRT would cost 62m to build, would produce 1.3m net annual benefit, and an 11% first year rate of return (8% discounted). A firm recommendation to build the LRT is made, and future extensions are encouraged. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1972-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 130 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127360
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R&D Rpt.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 19 1976 12:00AM