TRADE-OFFS IN THE RE-DESIGN OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORKS, LINE HAUL, EXPRESS AND TRANSIT LINK SERVICE PATTERNS

This paper reviews experience with the re-design of public transport networks to replace traditional local stopping bus patterns with express or line haul bus and rail services. Such schemes have been purported to reinvigorate public transport systems by refocussing on faster and more frequentline haul passenger service aspects. There are also claims that, if properly designed, such services can reduce the size of operating resources invested in the public transport network resulting in reduced service costs. The paper draws on the experience of the STA in Adelaide in re-designingand operating 'Transit Link' bus and rail services and recent reviews of the 'Line Haul' service design concept in Brisbane. The paper explores the types and relative value of the trade-offs between the passenger benefits and dis-benefits that emerge, the relative passenger satisfaction levelsthat are demonstrated with actual experience and the financial impacts onpublic transport operators in terms of operating resources and costs. The paper concludes with an overall assessment of the line-haul/express service design concept and presents a series of recommendations for future service re-design which aim to appropriately balance the positive and negative impacts of this type of service change. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, see IRRD abstract no 861490.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 261-79

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00674947
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7325-0660-3
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1995 12:00AM