SERVICE AND COST CHARACTERISTICS OF SMALL-COMMUNITY TRANSIT: A TENTATIVE OVERVIEW OF OPERATIONAL RESULTS

Thirteen small-community transit systems were studied in an effort to describe and interpret local transit projects to enhance transferability of the lessons learned for other localities considering the initiation of similar service. The case studies illustrate not only a range of service options and results, but also a variety of community settings, service objectives, financing mechanisms, and political environments. The range of goals that may motivate the initiation of transit service in a small community and the service characteristics that can usually be achieved are discussed and it is noted that the role of transit in small communities is different from that in large urban areas. A particular target group is the youth market. The factors that determine operating cost and those that are subject to management and control are reviewed, and fare structures, fare collection procedures, subsidy levels, and the relation between ridership and revenue collection are examined. Several tentative conclusions based on the case studies are listed and it is emphasized that all results related to ridership, revenue and productivities, are subject to different influences in each particular setting (much more than in a larger urban area). Costs are greatly affected by the entrepreneurial skills of the operator, and ridership is influenced by the ability to get both the employees and the residents personnally involve in the system's success.

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    • Misner, Joseph
    • Waksman, Robert
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 143-153
  • Monograph Title: PARATRANSIT
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  • Accession Number: 00138453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1981 12:00AM