The findings are reported of a study which addresses questions concerning the internal transit needs between various parts of the central area, and answers them in terms of an efficient small-vehicle system which serves a demonstrable demand as well as is sensitive to the historic urban fabric of Alexandria, Virginia. This first phase of a 2-part study (the second phase will detail the small-vehicle system in terms of specifications for implementation and operation) included a series of studies in the areas of urban design, land activity forecasting, transportation patronage modelling, community input and technological analysis. The feasibility of a Mini-Transit system was determined not only on the basis of demand projections, but also in relation to its aesthetic, socio-economic and environmental effects. In order to determine the number of daily trips in 1992, two alternative growth patterns (representing probable extremes) were studied: a residential growth model, and a commercial growth model. Analysis of four major types of systems including 15 different vehicles (all of which were operational in some degree from prototype to full commercial use) led to the conclusion that a small fleet of minibuses is well suited to accommodate the 30,000 to 40,000 daily trips anticipated by 1992. Desire line patterns for the service area were studied. Three distinct phases of transit services are recommended. Between 18 and 30 small 25-passenger buses will be required to satisfy peak hour demand.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report prepared for the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Barton-Aschman Associates, Incorporated

    1730 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 94 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127696
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM