This paper emphasizes that transportation system performance requirements should be defined in terms of level of service as perceived by the users instead of engineering characteristics. Although the management professionals in research and development have been aware of user needs. The problem is that because the research and development team define the service objectives to be attained, these level-of-service parameters go hand-in-hand with the engineering performance targets. It would be preferable to have service needs identified at the local level, where community desires can be accurately expressed. It is important that the initial testing of innovative transportation technologies could be achieved with substitute, lower cost technologies (e.g. an express bus being used to simulate the service characteristics and dual-mode behavior of automated guideway systems). It is also pointed out that the current trend to design vast, comprehensive transportation systems in order to draw a region together need not be the most effective solution. A better approach would be a phased, incremental implementation of a new system in which confidence and public acceptance could grow. Although new transportation systems are the promise of the future, they need to be implemented with restraint.

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    • This paper appears in Dual Mode Transportation, which is a publication containing the proceedings of a conference conducted by the Transportation Research Board, May 29-31, 1974. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved
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    • Orski, C Kenneth
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Created Date: Mar 15 1981 12:00AM