The article states that, in economic terms, the successful operation of a dial-a-ride bus service is dependent on the demand. The criterier for economic success used by ford motor co. In the us is a demand of 10 trips/sq mile/hr. Research at mit suggests however that the cost per trip can only rival that of a taxi service when the demand density is 20 trips/mil/hr. Demand itself is peported to be dependent on low fares, high residential density and accessibility to telephones. In Britain only 4 in 10 households have a telephone but the rate of increase of subscribers is high. In an attempt to develop the market for dial-a-ride, one firm in the us is reported to be negotiating contracts with local shopkeepers to provide a free dial-a-ride bus service. A brief report is given of investigations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which are directed at providing a service between any 2 points in the town with a minimum of 2 transfers, using a fleet of 45 dial-a-buses and 15 fixed route express buses. /TRRL/

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    Architecture and Planning Publications, Limited

    P.O. Box 135, 4 Catherine Street
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  • Publication Date: 1974-11

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 582-583
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: ALEXANDRINE PRESS
    • ISSN: 0263-7960

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  • Accession Number: 00097979
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1981 12:00AM