Suburban Transit Opportunities Study

The Suburban Transit Opportunities Study was undertaken with the primary goal of identifying characteristics of successful suburban transit services, especially as they may apply to the Boston region. To this end, the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) performed an exhaustive review of the national and local literature, and conducted four case studies of local suburban transit agencies. Additionally, CTPS hosted a round-table discussion between suburban transit providers and state transportation agencies, and conducted passenger surveys of all suburban systems currently operating within the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) region. Across the nation and here in Massachusetts, analysts and transit providers have begun to look at the challenge of providing suburban transit in new ways. Rather than attacking the problem only by trying to change its root cause – automobile-oriented land use – planners and scholars now argue that transit itself must also change in order to be successful in the suburban environment. Planning techniques, service types, and in fact, the very way in which suburban systems view themselves, must adapt. Conventional cost-effectiveness metrics cannot be used as the sole means of measuring success. As such, this report describes methods, techniques, and lessons learned by transit agencies about operating sustainable suburban transit systems that fulfill the goals and objectives identified by their public or private stakeholders.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization, CTPS

    State Transportation Building, Ten Park Plaza, Suite 2150
    Boston, MA  United States  02116-3968
  • Authors:
    • Santa Maria, Steven D
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 94p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144546
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2009 1:53PM