The UMTA Service and Methods Demonstration Program is described, the purpose of which is to bring about the imaginative use of traffic management and marketing techniques, pricing, service variations, and technology to attain clearly defined objectives. The objectives selected for program planning purposes are listed: reduce travel time for transit uses; increase coverage of transit service; improve reliability of service; improve transit vehicle system productivity; improve service for the elderly and handicapped; increase convenience of using transit; and reduce congestion. The question was also addressed: should it actively induce change and diffuse innovation or build a knowledge base and be more passive with respect to a change-agent role? To implement the change-agent role, a category of demonstrations termed "exemplary demonstrations" are being established. An experimental demonstration category which will help expand the knowledge base will use a part of the resource for analytical studies (e.g. attitudinal surveys may be conducted). UMTA will put together the project designs and assume responsibility and the full cost for evaluations for both types (exemplary and experimental) of demonstrations. The above described resource employed in conjunction with other UMTA programs will make possible the following: the identification of vanguard practices for emulation and diffusion of best practices through a change-agent role by collaterally using planning assistance program as a resource to help a much larger number of cities evaluate promising new ideas; development of services standards and determinations of costs to meet them; possible simulation of service levels of advanced technologies by using available systems, or, failing that, establishing service levels approximating those of advanced technologies to judge the merits of incurring the incremental costs to achieve the higher service levels.

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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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    • McManus, Robert H
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 165-169
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  • Accession Number: 00126193
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM