PASSENGER UTILIZATION OF LOCAL VS EXPRESS TRAINS FOR A NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY LINE: A CASE STUDY

A survey of over 5000 passengers on the IRT #1 line was conducted in New York City in order to examine passenger attitudes, perceptions and, most importantly, travel mode preferences (local vs express). Passengers were asked whether they prefer faster or more comfortable trains. It was found that they were evenly divided in their preference between faster trains and more comfortable ones, regardless of the distance travelled. However, it was found that significant numbers of passengers opted to transfer to crowded express trains, with little or no savings in travel time, while parallel local trains ran much less crowded. Passengers were asked to estimate their travel time and the results were compared to measured travel times. Passengers consistently over-estimated their travel time and correlated their use of express trains with faster service. A major conclusion of this study is that the overall quality of service on the #1 line may be improved by inducing passengers to stay on local trains when travelling even moderate distances. This will promote a better passenger load distribution between the local and express and provide all passengers with a more comfortable level of service with no significant increase in travel time. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 8-16
  • Monograph Title: Planning and design of rapid transit facilities
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026911
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1982 12:00AM