PLANNING AND DESIGNING BUS-TRANSIT GARAGES

The purpose of this paper is to describe a computer-based model that deals with questions of transit-garage size under different future conditions. The model is quick and inexpensive to use, and has been applied to existing and proposed bus-transit garages in five cities where the bus fleets are small to medium sized. The problem-solving technique inherent in the model is sensitivity analysis. The major input parameter is the estimated future bus-fleet size. The model is used to help answer questions such as: How adequate is the space in the present garage? How large a site is needed for the present bus fleet? How large a building and site might be needed in the future? How should space be allocated in a new garage? and, how much can the size of the building be reduced by storing buses outdoors instead of indoors? The model does, however, have limitations. The model is a planning tool and not a substitute for architects and engineers. The model does not account for inefficiencies of sites with unusual shape, topography, or subsoil conditions. The precoded assumptions and guidelines built into the model are limited to fleet sizes of 10 to 150 buses. And, the model is limited because assumptions that are valid in some cases are applied to all cases.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 39-42
  • Monograph Title: Bus service planning
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  • Accession Number: 00167597
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026512
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1978 12:00AM