ASSESSING TRANSIT NEEDS IN SMALL COMMUNITIES (ABRIDGMENT)

In order to develop a methodology useful in determining the location and magnitude of public transportation needs, in rural and small urban areas in California, 10 sites, called representative sites, were selected and studied in detail by household surveys for each. Then, by the use of a site-pairing technique, over 200 sites, called candidate sites, were matched with the 19 representative sites through similar relevant characteristics such as land form, land use, area population, population of largest town, distance to nearest urban area, climate, and existing transportation facilities. Analysis of the data caused rejection of the original model and the use of classical regression approaches. A refined model was developed by using several variables chosen from the literature and the survey results, which suggested relative mobility needs. The values from the uncalibrated model were then presented to the local planning agencies. Their policy judgments were solicited as to the number of transit trips they were able or desired to satisfy. It was found that, while traditional regression approaches are inappropriate in these areas, travel needs in rural and small urban areas can be quantified to suggest relative transit deficiencies in such a way as to be useful for indicating legislative funding priorities.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 47-48
  • Monograph Title: Transportation planning techniques for small communities
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00177137
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026652
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1982 12:00AM