Continued public support for ever-increasing operating deficits of transit service demands that uneconomic services be curtailed. Nevertheless, a certain amount of service may be justified in terms of community welfare as "accommodation" to particular user groups--those which are dependent upon public transportation for mobility. This paper suggests that transit agencies no longer need make this judgment intuitively. A rigorous set of decision-making rules which test uneconomic routes or services for their efficacy in meeting community-welfare demands is presented. Under these rules, routes are successively evaluated against five criteria: operating ratio, effectiveness, intensity, captive riders and community welfare. A case study of the application of this algorithm to a medium-size transit system is presented to illustrate the method. The procedure, by specifying the threshold values for each parameter, may be adapted to the needs of any transit system--every segment of the system can be continually re-examined to determine whether the drain on financial resources is justified by the contribution made to community mobility. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 42-46
  • Monograph Title: Planning and design of rapid transit facilities
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  • Accession Number: 00178750
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026911
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1981 12:00AM