PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN SMALL TOWNS

This paper describes work being carried out at TRRL under the dial-a-bus research programme. The aim is to compare the performance of dial-a-bus with alternative services and to determine which, if any, combinations of demand density and service area size are suitable for its operation. A comparative assessment is being carried out for the case of towns having populations of between ten and twenty thousands. This paper summarizes the model calibration stage of this work and presents the results of the optimisation of public transport for Carterton, Oxfordshire. It is shown that here any internal public transport service would require a subsidy. Only in the case of a fixed route minibus would the social benefits exceed the resource costs. The generalisation of these results to towns having different population densities and areas is currently being studied. /TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceeding of Seminar M P141 of the PTRC Summer Annual Meeting, University of Warwick, England, July 12-15, 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning and Transport Res and Computation Co Ltd

    109 Bedford Chambers, 4 King Street
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • MARTIN, P H
    • TUNBRIDGE, R J
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 14-23

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00168124
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1981 12:00AM