SUBURBAN TRANSIT PLANNING AND FORECASTING

Problems and policy issues of particular concern to suburban transportation planners are identified, including dispersed trip-making, high income and automobile ownership, low densities, significant transit- dependent population, increasing peak-hour freeway congestion, growth policy issues, and short-term availability of less expensive or nonunion labor. Experience in Orange County, 4 areas of Los Angeles County, and Chicago suburbs is discussed. Unique suburban approaches in the planning process are identified, and forecasting problems are discussed. For forecasting implications, 3 high-quality suburban-to-CBD transit services are compared with the range of calibration values for the LARTS model in southern California. Variables compared include the system characteristics in the marginal utility mode-choice model, socioeconomic characteristics of trip-makers, attitudes of trip-makers, and resultant trip-making behavior. The last category focuses on transit's market share, which appears to be a more appropriate planning statistic than the percentage of all trips using transit, as called for in mode-choice models. Some uniquely suburban transit organizational and planning process issues are discussed.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 36-45
  • Monograph Title: PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ISSUES
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00095587
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309023645
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 522
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1981 12:00AM