An analysis is presented of the sub-regional Transit Development Programs (TDP's) for the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), and based on this, a proposal is made to describe the form of transit study most appropriate for the needs of each level of geographical aggregation: local, regional and federal. Such a study will address the transit needs of local areas, will provide the most valuable input into regional plans and programs, and will be translated into specific grant applications. Comparison of the 6 TDP's showed that all programs identified alternative transit concepts, and defined goals and objectives. The full marketing approach was followed in 2 studies. The modeling strategies for ridership estimation varied widely. The important features of each of the six studies are tabulated. It is recommended that the RTA should be involved in the study which will be performed at the local level. RTA support from the Marketing and Service Planning Department is required to lend expertise and to detail routes and schedules. Active RTA input is also required in "selling" the new service. Part of the study involves setting up a structure of responsibilities and communications (monitoring) to assure that the study is kept up to date.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The preparation of this report has been financed in part through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Northeastern Illinois Regional Transportation Authority

    300 North State Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60610
  • Authors:
    • BOWMAN, L A
    • Bernard III, M J
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 39 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170929
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TR-76-07
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 1981 12:00AM