Consolidated schools are different than traditional schools because they tend to serve larger areas, are often located in more rural settings, and can have long commute times to the school. Twelve consolidated schools in West Virginia--seven high schools, two middle schools, and three elementary schools--were studied to determine if they had different trip rates than schools in general, as presented in the Institute of Transportation Engineers' (ITE) "Trip Generation." Three of the high schools and one middle school were county-wide schools. At each school, traffic counts were collected for one week with automatic traffic recorders. Generally, the results demonstrated that the trip rates for consolidated schools were slightly higher but not significantly different than those published by ITE. The trip rates for consolidated elementary schools were significantly higher than ITE's. The higher rates were believed to be caused in part by the effects of consolidation, but the majority of the difference was attributed to the phenomenon of trip-chaining. Trip rates for county-wide schools located in remote areas were 50-70% lower than the overall trip rates. However, the low trip rates were attributed more to the rural service areas and remote locations than to the effects of consolidation.

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    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Balmer, A M
    • French, L J
    • Eck, R W
    • Legg, J
  • Publication Date: 2000-8


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  • Accession Number: 00798372
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 11 2000 12:00AM