Demand-responsive transportation (DRT) provides effective suburban services which should be an integral part of metropolitan transit systems and closely coordinated with fixed-route, line-haul services. Operating economics will be realized by such a comprehensive service. Integrating DRT service into a larger system provides management flexibility. Fixed-route drivers can be used on DRT vehicles in off-peak hours to reduce total system costs. DRT service has been effective in raising local funds for transit operations. Origin-destination data collected as a by-product of DRT operations, particularly computer based operations, can contribute to a better use of vehicles and drivers in both types of services. Such data, which is useful in transit planning, can replace information now collected in surveys. A diversity of DRT scheduling methods have been identified and studies are now in progress to determine the best combination of scheduling methods under a variety of operating circumstances.

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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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    • Ziegler, E W
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00126153
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM