This paper reviews several approaches to setting service standards for public transit systems and discusses the problems inherent in setting such standards. It examines particularly two attempts to find consistent relationships between measures of transit service and community characteristics in the hope that such relationships can then be used to set service standards for operations based on the demographics of the areas they serve. One effort used data for small urban areas from the National Transportation survey while the other used data for large transit operations in New York State. Both efforts used factor analysis as well as less sophisticated analytical methods to uncover relationships in the data. Neither effort identified any inherent relationships in transit characteristics. It is concluded that the analysis accomplished, using the limited data available does not support establishment of service standards based on the underlying dimensions of transit service. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    New York State Department of Transportation

    Planning Division, State Campus, Building 4
    Albany, NY  United States  12232
  • Authors:
    • Erlbaum, N S
    • Malec, R J
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 43 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179043
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Res. Rpt. 106
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1981 12:00AM