Since the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) acquired the bus system from the Erie Coach Company in 1967, it has implemented a comprehensive program of transit improvements that has turned-around the ridership decline that was apparent up to 1967 with the result that annually over 5.5 million passengers are now carried on EMTA bus compared to the 3 million in 1967. The purpose of this study is to update EMTA's 1969 Transit Development Program, that is, to maintain planning and capital certification and therefore remain eligible for State and Federal funds. This document contains the Transit Element of Erie's Transportation System Management Program. The program's findings and recommendations serve as the plan (six-year) for maintaining and improving mass transit in Erie. Improvements to transit in Erie have been identified in five major areas: management, marketing, fare structure, service, and capital. This report presents the results of the transit update study: 1) Background information includes a description of existing services and an evaluation on how well services correlate with specific community characteristics; 2) Community attitudes toward transit are examined; 3) An evaluation is made of the adequacy of existing service in terms of PennDOT standards and service; and 4) Capital, management, and marketing improvmeents are examined. The Appendix (A) contains a synopsis of interviews with social service agency representatives. This report suggests that the future for mass transit in Erie will continue to be one where buses, rather than more elaborate modes, will provide the basic intracommunity public transportation service. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by DOT, Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Simpson and Curtin, Incorporated

    1405 Locust Street
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19102
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 175 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165746
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-PA-09-0028-77-1
  • Contract Numbers: PA-09-0028
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1981 12:00AM