Rapid decentralization of population and employment over the past several decades has chipped away at the U.S. transit industry's market share. The implications of decentralization on the ridership, operating performance, and fiscal health of the nation's largest transit operators are examined. On the basis of the results of a national survey, a number of service strategies that offer hope for reversing transit's decline are explored, including timed transfers, paratransit services, reverse commute and specialized runs, employer-sponsored van pools, and high-occupancy-vehicle and dedicated busway facilities. Land use options, like traditional neighborhood designs and transit-based housing, are also examined. A discussion of various institutional, pricing and organizational considerations when implementing suburban-targeted service reforms and land use initiatives is also provided. Century-old models involving joint public-private development of communities and transit facilities, it is argued, also deserve reconsideration.


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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 3-11
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation 1994: current research in planning and development; management, marketing, and fare policy; and technology
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00675406
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309060591
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1995 12:00AM