BUS AND SHARED-RIDE TAXI USE IN TWO SMALL URBAN AREAS

The demand for publicly owned fixed-route, fixed-schedule bus service was compared with the demand for privately owned shared-ride taxi service in Davenport, Iowa, and Hicksville, New York, through on-board surveys and cab company dispatch records and driver logs. The bus and shared-ride taxi systems in Davenport competed for the off-peak-period travel market. During off-peak hours, the taxi tended to attract social- recreation, medical, and personal business trips between widely scattered origins and destinations, while the buses tended to attract shopping and personal business trips to the CBD. The shared-ride taxi system in Hicksville, in addition to providing many-to-many service, competed with the countywide bus system as a feeder system to the Long Island commuter railroad network. In each study area, the markets of each mode of public transportation were similar. There were no statistically significant differences between bus and shared-ride taxi users in Davenport relative to ability to drive, household income, employment staus, number of automobilies available to the household, and physical capabilities. Bus and shared-ride taxi users in Hicksville differed slightly in age, household income, number of automobiles available to the household, and distance from home to bus stop. In general, a major portion of the market of both shared-ride and taxi systems were of people likely to be dependent on some form of public transportation for some of their trips. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 48-53
  • Monograph Title: Bus transportation strategies
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00156099
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024838
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1981 12:00AM