A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF FREE BUS SERVICE FOR A STREET CORRIDOR OF DENVER

A SURVEY OF AUTOMOBILE USERS WAS CONDUCTED IN AN AREA OF DENVER, COLORADO, TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY AND BENEFITS OF OPERATING A FREE (IE. NO-COST) BUS TRANSIT SERVICE. THE SELECTED STUDY AREA CONTAINED MOST OF THE THREE EXISTING BUS ROUTES THAT RUN IN AN EAST-WEST DIRECTION FROM SUBURBAN EASTERN DENVER TO DOWNTOWN. THE SURVEY DATA WERE EXPANDED TO ESTIMATE THE PROBABLE INCREASE IN TRANSIT RIDERSHIP THAT WOULD RESULT FROM THE ELIMINATION OF FARES. TRANSPORTATION COSTS WERE THEN ANALYZED AND COMPARED BETWEEN THE PRESENT SYSTEM AND A FREE FARE SITUATION. THE STUDY CONCLUDED THAT TOTAL TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES WERE LESS UNDER A FREE SYSTEM, BUT THAT THE MARGIN OF ADVANTAGE WAS RELATIVELY SMALL. ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS WERE CITED IN ARRIVING AT THE CONCLUSION THAT FREE BUS SERVICE IS POTENTIALLY BENEFICIAL, BUT THAT IT WILL REQUIRE TESTING UNDER CLOSELY MONITORED CONDITIONS. (AUTHOR)

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Colorado, Boulder

    Center for Urban Transportation Studies
    Boulder, CO  United States  80302
  • Authors:
    • Reish, R
    • Surti, V H
  • Publication Date: 1972-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 35 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202339
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 8 1973 12:00AM