RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION. SPEAKER 4

Evaluatory study of the Haddonfield, New Jersey demand- responsive transportation (DRT) demonstration is briefly summarized. The study was designed to determine public attitudes toward the DRT concept, measure public use of the system, forecast demand for DRT, determine the economic feasibility of a DRT system, test and evaluate the technical feasibility of such a system, and to measure and evaluate the impact of DRT on the community. A series of surveys prior to and during the demonstration also provided information on trip-making behavior of residents under different operating conditions. A comparison of users perceptions of the influence of DRT characteristics and of their former modes of transportation indicated that automobile users were not strongly influenced to use the DRT system. Surveys also indicated the reason why DRT was not used. The monthly ridership trends of the system have been changing as a result of changes in operating characteristics and seasonal effects. Three area expansions resulted in different effects on ridership. The introduction of a shuttle service and the reduction of fare from 55 to 25 cents also affected ridership. A comparison of the Haddonfield system with other DRT systems in the U.S. and Canada reflected favorably on the local system. The evaluation of the economic feasibility of the DRT concept as demonstrated in Haddonfield included analyses of costs, revenues and financing, and the results include the effects of experimentation and local conditions. The technical feasibility of the DRT concept has been evaluated in terms of the effects of the operating parameters on the quality of the service and vehicle productivity. The study reveals that the DRT concept was well received by residents, and that it was not used more often for work trips because it did not reach the desired destination. Area expansion caused increased ridership but quality of service decreased.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 113-121
  • Monograph Title: DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS & SERVICES
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00126183
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM