DENVER OFF-PEAK FREE FARE PUBLIC TRANSIT EXPERIMENT
The Denver project investigates the effects of the elimination of off-peak fares on transit operations and costs, ridership, public attitudes, and regional travel patterns. The Denver experiment indicates that a systemwide free-fare program can be implemented with fairly minimal disruption and attract many new riders to transit during low-productivity hours. The distribution of the benefits of such a program among socio-economic and racial groups appears to be similar to that of the prior transit service. The cost of such free service is very high, constituting a major obstacle to implementation in most cities. However, if further study in Denver supports early indications, temporary free fare programs may be more successful in increasing the permanent ridership base than any other strategy yet attempted.
De Leuw, Cather and Company120 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA United States 94120
Transportation Systems Center55 Broadway, Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA United States 02142
Urban Mass Transportation Administration400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Swan, S
- McKnight, R
- Publication Date: 1979-5
- Pagination: 59 p.
- TRT Terms: Attitudes; Benefits; Evaluation; Fares; Free fares; Level of service; Off peak periods; Operating costs; Public transit; Regional transportation; Ridership; Socioeconomic factors; Traffic; Transportation planning; Travel patterns; Urban transportation
- Uncontrolled Terms: Profiles; Services
- Geographic Terms: Colorado
- Old TRIS Terms: Free transportation; Off-peak traffic
- Subject Areas: Economics; Finance; Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; Society;
- Accession Number: 00199003
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CO-06-0010-79-1Intrm Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1409
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Nov 7 1981 12:00AM