Based on the review of a large number of attitude surveys and based on behavioral responses to recent transit innovations, several conclusions are reached regarding likely perceptual responses to dual-mode transit and their effects on mode choice. Studies indicate that travel time variance or reliability among modes is more important than small time savings and that the portion of travel time spent in walking, waiting, and transferring is more important than time spent moving. Thus, dual-mode systems appear to have the potential to be relatively attractive to travelers. Although total travel cost appears to be less important to mode choice than travel time, parking costs associated with automobile travel can strongly influence the competitive position of dual-mode systems. Among comfort and amenity features, seat assurance and air conditioning outweigh other factors in the minds of most riders, and automatic control is rarely perceived as a safety hazard. Experience with express bus operations on freeways, treated in this paper as a prototype of dual-mode systems, indicates that riders attracted to that service are drawn largely from among former automobile users, thus indicating the potential market for dual-mode systems. /Author/

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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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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 59-66
  • Monograph Title: Dual-mode transportation
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  • Accession Number: 00149243
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  • Created Date: Mar 30 1977 12:00AM