A concept has been developed that is based on the idea that some commuter automobiles may be turned into minibuses that pick up and discharge passengers on relatively fixed routes. In this Community Auto Rapid Transit System (CARTS), drivers wishing to participate are investigated for their safety record and insurability and issued a color-coded decal card for indentification. During a 1-pass cruise in a designated pickup route, passengers flag cars heading for their destination. Fares are paid directly and fixed by a regulatory agency. Benefits that could be derived can include gasoline conservation, reduction of traffic congestion and air pollution, lower capital expenditure for the local public transportation system and the provision of feeder service for public transit. However limitations exist: CARTS will have to serve a minimum population of 20,000 and a central business district or employment center. Crime could also pose a problem.

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 9-11
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131349
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 14 1981 12:00AM