The techniques used to provide the services of demand- responsive transportation (DRT) are examined and illustrated with reference to the small system in Batavia, N.Y. and the larger system in Rochester, N.Y. The vehicles used for DRT have evolved from 10-passenger vehicles to 20- and 25- passenger vehicles (some powered by diesel fuel). A battery-powered Electrobus is the most recent innovation. Key-punched information from telephone operators is used with digital communication equipment to relay instructions to drivers. A radio voice message system serves as a backup. Permanent records from digital communication equipment can be based in analysis and reporting. Many to-on service, services provided for senior citizen housing units, and subscription service are now offered by DRT. The slowly developing small package delivery has been found to be profitable for DRT and compatible with passenger service. Small systems such as Batavia dispatch manually, but systems such as Rochester will include computer dispatching and the interface of the computer with digital equipment. The Rochester System will be integrated with the existing fixed-route system. Operating costs in the Rochester system has decreased from $5.00 per passenger in August 1973 (first month of operation) to $2.54 per passenger in August 1974.

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    • Presented at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Demand-Responsive Transportation Systems conducted by the TRB, Nov. 11-13, 1974, Oakland, Calif.; and co-sponsored by American Public Transit Association, California DOT, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, MIT, UMTA and Technology Sharing Program of U.S. DOT. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Aex, Robert P
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Pagination: pp 3-5
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  • Accession Number: 00126152
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM