The evolving trends of our urban areas indicate a need for a new kind of urban system in which point-to-point, region-wide service is provided by a mix of conventional transit and flexible route paratransit elements acting cooperatively instead of competitively. In concert with improved automobiles and automobile utilization and management, there appears the promise of improved mobility for both the driver and the non-driver through reduced congestion and increased transportation options, overall reduced energy consumption, and cleaner air. The principal unknown is how to bring about the evolutionary and incremental implementation of these integrated systems over time. Their operational characteristics appear to be such that increasing ridership and reducing the peak/off-peak ratio will bring about both cost reduction and service improvement. A framework for an implementation strategy is presented. The implications for federal RD&D are noted for both system development implementation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Office of Systems Development and Technology

    Department of Transportation, 400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ward, J D
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 48 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092447
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TST-75-108 Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1981 12:00AM