The objective of this report is to assess the feasibiity of the implementation of shared-ride auto transit (SRAT), which is an innovative approach for increasing auto occupancy in rural and urban areas. The report focuses on operational concepts, potential usage, legal and regulatory issues, and insitutational issues. Formulation of the SRAT concept was motivated by several concerns, such as: (1) energy conservation; (2) transit service to areas unable to economically justify conventional transit services, and to travel disadvantaged groups; (3) transit service replacement to achieve greater effeciency and to reduce transit deficits; (4) provision of inexpensive transit service; and (5) and increase of safety and reliability of hitchhiking. Four case study sites (Boulder, Colorado; Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon; and Tidewater, Virginia), were used to identify the specific institutional issues likely to impact SRAT implementation for that site, and to identify the opportunities for designing, implementing and operating SRAT in a variety of institutional settings. The report includes Appendix A, which lists existing and proposed SRAT systems, and Appednix B, which shows the derivations of equations used in SRAT route and stop analysis. The study recommends that SRAT can provide sufficiently high levels of service. However, a number of potentially serious institutional barriers to SRAT exist, but by designing the system to reflect a site's particular institutional setting, it appears that in many instances, these barriers can be overcome.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by DOT, Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140
  • Authors:
    • KOCUR, G
    • Zaelke, D
    • Neumann, L
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 252 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176559
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-06-0144-77-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-70007
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1981 12:00AM