COST-EFFECTIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR SMALL URBAN AREAS

Transportation planners in small communities (defined as a population of 50,000 or less) are required to determine the types and levels of public transportation services to be provided. Transportation planners are actively seeking innovative and low-cost ideas in order to provide mobility to members of the community, especially the transportation disadvantaged who due to age, physical condition, or economic disadvantage do not have access to either a private automobile or a traditional fixed-route transit service. One such concept receiving increasing attention is a taxicab user-side subsidy program. The objective of the study is to define the cost-effectiveness of taxicab-based user-side subsidy program when compared to a conventional fixed-route bus system. The comparative performance of the two service concepts is based upon a case study analysis of four communities in East Tennessee-Bristol, Johnson City, Kingsport, and Oak Ridge, The body of this report provides a comparative analysis of transit services in the four cities, including comparisons of differing costs, ridership trends, and mobility characteristics of the transit dependent residents of these four cities in order to determine the impact of the transit service option on the residents' travel patterns.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by Department of Transportation, Washington, DC. University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Southeastern Transportation Center

    University of Tennessee
    309 Conference Center Building
    Knoxville, TN  United States  37996-4133
  • Authors:
    • Wegmann, F J
    • Chatterjee, A
    • Volpe, R
  • Publication Date: 1992-8

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 113 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00670234
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 6 1994 12:00AM