PENINSULA TRANSIT STUDY: SIMPLIFIED TRANSIT SYSTEM PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT PROCESSING FOR LOW DENSITY, SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CITIES

The objectives of this research project are (1) to develop simplified processes for relating land use and transit operations and, (2) develop simplified processes for assessing the transportation need of transit-dependent consumers for low density, small to medium-sized cities of 50,000 to 300,000 population. This project was conducted in four phases: 1) Background data collection and mapping; 2) Conduction of bus ridership and household surveys; 3) Application of alternative planning and assessment processes; and 4) Use of simplified processes and procedures for producing an effective public transit system for low density, small to medium-sized cities. The study restricts itself to the examination of particular local problems faced by Peninsula Transportation District Commission (Pentran) and its service area (cities of Hampton and Newport News, Virginia). Since the findings will apply to this local area, generalizations from this study must wait similar findings for other similar areas. This report states that within the Pentran service area, transit ridership depends upon (1) density variation of residential land use; (2) zero and one car households; and (3) low income populations. Due to the density variation and dispersed activity centers, the transit system cannot effectively compete with the car as an alternative transportation mode, but the need of the system remains strong due to transit-dependent consumers. More than 50 percent of the transit trips and, therefore, distribution of non-residential land use has a strong impact on route structuring. This report provides a bibliography. /UMTA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hampton (Delon) and Associates, Chartered

    6001 Montrose Road, Suite 800
    Rockville, MD  United States  20852
  • Authors:
    • Hall III, J
    • Aichbhaumik, D
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 197 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190218
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-11-0007-79-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 26 1981 12:00AM