A study is reported which noted two important steps which will encourage the use of public transportation: concentrate jobs and services in compact downtown centers; and increase the density of neighborhoods near the downtown area, especially around existing or potential bus or rail stops. The study also found that limiting automobile use does not necessarily increase transit riders. The study separately details costs both in dollars and resources of operating taxis, dial-a-bus, local buses, express buses, streetcars, light rail transit and commuter trains. The need is expressed for the right pattern of development which requires appropriate zoning by local officials and good site selection and design by private developers and public agencies at all levels of government. If the nation will strengthen its cities, then good transit service can be provided even in small urban areas and at suburban residential densities. The report notes that rail is preferred to buses and the feasibility of rail transit should be investigated for the largest downtowns and of streetcars on their own rights of way for medium-sized cities. The study is summarized in a booklet: Where Transit Works.

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 8-11
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00145003
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 1 1981 12:00AM