This paper reports a 22-month examination of Michigan city to determine the costs and benefits of the DART (dial a ride transportation) system. This system carries about 225 passengers per week at an operating subsidy of about $1.30 per passenger. Experiments have shown that a fixed route system met with overwhelming disapproval and high operating subsidies which exceed $4 per passenger. DART's basic schedule is essentially a 12-hour schedule, six days a week and a 5-hour morning schedule on Sunday. It was found that many of the persons who were benefiting from this program were not elderly or handicapped and also that the system was too costly given the level of ridership. A combination of a fixed route system in conjunction with a demand responsive service was recommended to better serve the community at less cost per passenger. This, however, was not successful and led to a return to an all demand-responsive DART service.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Public Transit Association

    1100 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Knotts, U S
    • Peterson, T C
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 21-30
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1981 12:00AM