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.

  • Corporate Authors:

    De Leuw, Cather and Company

    120 Howard Street
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94120

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Swan, S
    • McKnight, R
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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