The significant aspects of a short range plan in Orange County, California are reviewed, the preliminary system design is outlined, and the implementation is detailed of a demand-responsive transportation (DRT) in Orange County, California. Initially, 27 feasible DRT service areas were defined (the criteria are listed), followed by screening the 27 manually controlled areas to determine those most in need of additional service. In the third stage, five criteria were used to rank the candidate areas according to the need for and effectiveness of public transportation. The system design involved establishment of a DRT fare by 50 cents, establishment of service hours the integration of DRT with existing fixed-route services, and the encouragement of commuter services between and within service areas. The preliminary implementation schedule consists of 3 phases; expansion in selected areas, automation, and countrywide expansion. The process, however, requires several projects from designing equipment specifications to locating sites for the storage of vehicles and fuel. Specifications were drawn up covering vehicles, communications equipment, fare boxes, tow trucks, service trucks etc. The system will initially use 2 mountain-top UHF base stations, 1 centrally located UHF base station, 3 microwave terminals and 1 microwave repeater. Each city involved in the expansion program has been asked to contribute 1/3 of the operating deficit of the system operating in the city. Four or more operators will operate the 8 service areas. A common computerized area will be used to avoid duplication of control room space and personnel. A personnel training program is planned which will consist of an aptitude and general intelligence test. An evaluation program is planned which will consist of a monthly overview of each operation and detailed analysis of a day's operation. A management review will take place monthly. A promotional campaign (which avoids overselling) is planned.

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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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    • Fielding, George J
    • Grant, Susan B
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 48-55
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  • Accession Number: 00126165
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM