POLITICAL AND PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES RELATED TO DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION. SPEAKER 1

The role played by the state in cooperating with local and federal agencies in sharing the risks that fall to innovators of DRT will be debated by the legislature, which will seek to develop a means of bridging the needs of local jurisdictions and the strengths of the federal government with state resources and thereby share in the risks that innovations in service and technology will entail. Demand-responsive transportation (DRT) is seen as an attempt to solve some of the problems of congestion and pollution, and the immobility of the poor and the elderly. It must, however, be realistc and efficient in implementation. It must be realized that most DRT systems have not generated demands greater than 10 requests/square/mile/hour; ridership surveys show that the majority of rides have not replaced autombile trips. Concern for efficiency is an important factor; the California legislature opposed DRT because of its labor-intensive nature and the resulting costs. Several communities in California are developing contracts with the private sector to transport the immobile. In Los Angeles, positive steps are being taken with respect to the private sector; the supply of taxicabs has been increased in its franchise areas and jitney services are being experimented. In Santa Clara county, an experimental countywide DRT and arterial bus system is being inaugurated.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 160-161
  • Monograph Title: DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS & SERVICES
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00126191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM