Workshop participants began by listing the following areas in which improvements could be made in the management efficiency of transit operations: Service standards, commuter market approaches, organization of planning and operations; integration of paratransit, use of standard cost information, role of state departments of transportation, integration of control, small capital improvements, marketing, parking strategies, and payment of transit fares. However, only the first four topics were fully discussed. The workshop agreed that adequate service standards were needed but that provisions should be made so that new forms of public transportation would not be hindered by strict adherence to such service standards. The majority of the participants agreed that the cost of providing service to commuter markets with additional fixed-route, fixed-schedule transit systems or even express systems appeared to outweigh the benefits derived. With respect to paratransit, the discussion concluded with the general feeling that no one approach could be viewed as a panacea but that experimentation was needed with a variety of approaches to see what could be achieved in various urban areas. With respect to planning and operations, participants concluded that closer cooperation was necessary between planning and operation, and that an organizational form that encompassed both these functions with appropriate control mechanisms was highly desirable.

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    • From TRB Special Report No. 172, Transportation System Management, proceedings of a conference held November 7-10, 1976, conducted by the Transportation Research Board, and sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration and the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. DOT in cooperation with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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