KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: RADIAL VS. MULTIDESTINATIONAL TRANSIT IN DECENTRALIZING REGIONS

Ever more dispersed travel patterns in modern U.S. urban areas raise questions about appropriate policy for fixed-route public transit, particularly rail transit. It has been argued that fixed transit routes should be radial, serving only regional central business districts and adjoining inner-city neighborhoods; however, others argue that fixed routes should be reconfigured as networks to serve only many regional destinations. This paper evaluates these 2 approaches with an examination of transit performance indicators in 9 urban regions, tabulated annually from time series data for 1983-1998. The public transit route configuration in 6 of the 9 regions follows the first approach. The configuration in the other 3 regions is multidestinational. Results of this examination, controlled for population, show that the multidestinational approach is more effective, and more equitable than the best of the radial approaches.

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    American Planning Association

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  • Authors:
    • Thompson, G L
    • Matoff, T G
  • Publication Date: 2003

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00960680
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2003 12:00AM