CRITICAL FACTORS INFLUENCING THE DEMAND FOR TRANSIT

This report identifies the direct, as well as latent demand for public and mass transportation services, and assesses the factors which are critical to developing expanded transit usage. Individual and behavioral characteristics explaining transit demand are assayed, as well as transit system and population characteristics influencing the demand for mass transportation. Transit demand forecasts by transit leaders are also included. The most significant personal and attitudinal characteristics which predict bus ridership are: the lack of an automobile, close proximity to a bus route and positive evaluation of buses relative to automobiles. The two indicators most explanatory of patronage for conventional buses: the lack of automobile, and the lack of limiting physical disabilities. The propensity to use buses among current nonriders was examined to determine the most critical factors that influence a decision to switch to public transportation. Three behavioral demand forecasting models are outlined for examining alterations or improvements in transit service. Macro-level indicators for demand forecasting were also assessed. Two systematic demand models for estimating daily ridership are presetned.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation in cooperation with the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  USA  76011
  • Authors:
    • Guseman, P K
    • Hatfield, N J
    • HALL, J
  • Publication Date: 1977-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 76 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172150
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTATX77-10522 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: Study 2-10-76-1052
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1981 12:00AM