EVALUATION OF SERVICE AND METHODS DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS: PHILOSOPHY AND APPROACH

The Urban Mass Transportation Administration's Service and Methods Demonstration (SMD) Program has the objective of improving existing transit operations by sponsoring the development and implementation of new techniques and services on a nation-wide basis. The SMD Program pursues demonstration projects and studies in four major program areas: Traffic management, Paratransit, Service for Transit Dependents, and Price and Service Improvements. This document contains a summary description of the philosophy and technical approach underlying the evaluation of SMD projects. It describes the supply-demand framework for performing urban transportation impact evaluation and the application of this framework to the following demonstration topics: background and settings; project implementation and operations; level of service (supply) changes; travel behavior (demand) changes; operator impacts and productivity; and non-travel impacts. The SMD Program attempts to maximize the quality and utility of information gained from the demonstrations by developing and employing a consistent, carefully structured approach to demonstration evaluation. Each evaluation is built around the basic analytical framework described in this report, with emphasis placed on using state-of-the-art data collection and analysis techniques which are consistent from the standpoint of efficiency, accuracy, and output. /UMTA/

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    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142
  • Authors:
    • Abkowitz, M
    • HEATON, C
    • Slavin, H
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

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  • Pagination: 23 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00165749
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • ISBN: MA-07-0049
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0049-77-5Intrm Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1978 12:00AM