A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE APPLICATION OF ADVANCED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY: CELLULAR TELEPHONES ON PARATRANSIT VEHICLES OF PORTLAND TRI-MET'S LIFT PROGRAM. FINAL REPORT

This research was undertaken as part of a larger study to determine the operational and economic benefits of several technologies associated with Advanced Public Transportation Systems (APTS). This study sought to evaluate the effect on operating cost and quality of service of notifying paratransit customers of the imminent arrival of their ride. The primary quantitative variable of interest was the length of time drivers were away from their vehicles locating riders and accompanying them back to the vehicle--essentially the curbside time less time required for boarding. No significant difference was found between pick-up times for those who did receive notice of imminent arrival of their ride and those who were not notified. Features of the data collected and anecdotal information suggest that most riders are very well trained to be ready to go well before their scheduled times. Benefits of notification, therefore, are most likely to be in quality of service rather than in increased efficiency of operations. One quantitative result of this study was to establish that a significant increase in rides per hour could be established if the door-to-door service were changed to curb-to-curb service.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Oregon State University, Corvallis

    Transportation Research Institute
    Corvallis, OR  United States  97331

    TransNow, Transportation Northwest

    University of Washington, Department of Civil Engineering
    129 More Hall, Box 352700
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
  • Authors:
    • Hunter-Zaworski, K M
  • Publication Date: 1994-7

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00670434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TNW94-03
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 20 1994 12:00AM