Public transport systems are typically expected to play a multitude of roles within urban areas. They are often expected to serve a social servicefunction. they are increasingly being expected to operate as economically and financially viable entities. They are often seen as providing environmental relief for urban areas. Finally, they are often seen as shapers of future urban forms, by influencing the patterns and directions of urbangrowth. Trying to design, or re- design, public transport systems within this set of objectives can therefore be a challenging process. This paperattempts to make a contribution to this process by first describing a model of trade-offs in public transport design based on the "architect's triangle" concepts of trade-offs in quantity, quality and cost. The paper then proposes a more detailed model of public transport route design, and describes the implementation of this model in a pedagogical spreadsheet format. Results from application of this model are then described to highlightthe trade-offs between various design parameters which need to be faced in the design, or re-design, of a public transport route. The paper concludes by emphasising the interactions between the operator and customer needs in the public transport design process. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, see IRRD abstract no 861490.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 603-22

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  • Accession Number: 00674958
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7325-0660-3
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1995 12:00AM