REDESIGNING LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE FOR IMPROVED SUBURBAN MOBILITY--THE PROBLEM OF ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND LOW INCOME RESIDENTS. FINAL REPORT

This report sorts through the myriad issues surrounding suburban mobility for the tri-cities of Monroe, Ruston, and Grambling, Louisiana. The research also probes the issues of the accessibility of transportation services for differing socioeconomic groups of the tri-cities. An empirical investigation showed the extent of transportation problems and existing mode of transportation for the target areas. A linear programming technique for optimum assignment of limited mass transit resources was demonstrated. A procedure for assigning a dollar amount for not providing transportation services for the elderly and the economically disadvantaged captive riders was also demonstrated. Results of the research analysis further showed that a potential market exists for both public or private mass transit new providers for the target area. With suburban traffic conditions worsening in recent years, the study postulated that the land use and physical design characteristics of the suburban workplaces have directly contributed to the decline in suburban mobility by inducing most employees to drive alone to work. Results of the empirical investigation obtained tends to support the above proposition for the study area. The report concluded by listing a number of work-significant improvements in suburban mobility at the local level. Finally, the research findings were used to characterize the phenomenal suburban mobility problem of other cities across the nation with similar suburban characteristics as the research target areas.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Grambling State University

    Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology
    Grambling, LA  United States  71245

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    University Research and Training Program, 400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Nwokolo, B N
  • Publication Date: 1990-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 124 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00495341
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-LA-11-0050-90-1
  • Contract Numbers: UMTA-LA-11-0050
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1991 12:00AM