HOW TO REDESIGN TRANSIT ROUTES AND SCHEDULES IN RESPONSE TO CHANGING RIDERSHIP TRENDS IN SMALLER SYSTEMS

A method is presented which can be applied to improve route and schedule design and existing level of service. This step-by-step procedure can be utilized by any small or medium sized transit system. In developing a method for analyzing transit route and schedule efficiency related to existing ridership demand, the Bellingham, Washington Transit System was selected for a pilot study. An on-board, line count survey was conducted: observers counted all passengers boarding the bus on all routes during operational hours. The observations were computer tabulated and then analyzed. Based on the analysis, specific recommendations were made. Ridership data from a municipal bus operation in California were obtained to analyze and demonstrate passenger overloading problems related to scheduling efficiency. Part I explains the method of analysis in a step-by-step procedure with facsimiles of the necessary forms. Part II is a Pilot Study report. Part III is a special problem analysis and report.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Western Washington State College, Bellingham, and Bellingham Transit System, Washington.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Public Transportation and Planning Division
    Olympia, WA  United States  98504

    Western Washington University, Bellingham

    516 High Street
    Bellingham, WA  United States  98225

    Bellingham Transit System

    Bellingham, WA  United States  98225
  • Authors:
    • Derbonne, WLM
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 211 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191322
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 11 1981 12:00AM