RESULTS OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE SOLIHULL DIAL-A-BUS EXPERIMENT

A detailed analysis is presented of the operation, ridership and financial performance of the first phase of the Solihull dial-a-bus service. The service operated from December 1975 to July 1977 and employed a maximum of 4 buses between 0620 and 2345 from Monday to Saturday. It acted principally as a feeder to a railway station within a commuter suburb. An average of just over 1000 passengers were carried each day, over one-third of whom were children. Although 30 per cent of all trips were linked with a rail journey, the service generated little additional rail travel and its presence had no significant effect on car commuting. The findings indicate that, once the demand had been established, the service gained little from the control facility. In may 1976 the cost of the service was $2900 per week, 7 per cent of which was covered by farebox revenue. If allowance is made for special features of the service which increased the costs, and all sources of revenue are credited, the service covered about 12 per cent of its costs. In part, the poor financial performance may have resulted from the small scale of the service; the service has now been extended.(a) /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • MARTIN, P H
    • Moncrieff, D S
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184365
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRRL Lab Rpt 827 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM