TRANSIT PERFORMANCE IN THE I-35W URBAN CORRIDOR DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

The I-35W Minneapolis-St. Paul Urban Corridor Demonstration Project was designed to test (a) the effectiveness of expanding express bus route coverage and service frequency and (b) the potential of ramp metering to produce higher operating speeds. To evaluate expanding bus service and ramp metering of the I-35W project required an extensive data collection and monitoring program throughout the project. The results of this analysis clearly indicate the ability of both express bus service and ramp metering to substantially increase transit use. Further, we concluded that the freeway must have complete access control, both inbound and outbound, for ramp metering to produce high transit operation speeds. In addition, we found that express bus service exhibits a lower unit cost per kilometer than local service and, to the extent that ramp metering increases express bus-operating speeds, ramp metering produces further reductions in transit unit cost. The major conclusion of the I-35W project is that expanded bus service and ramp metering can provide a relatively low-cost technique to increase use of existing freeways and encourage diversion of travelers to environmentally desirable and energy-efficient modes of travel. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 6-9
  • Monograph Title: Bus service planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167588
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026512
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1981 12:00AM