Research on the Characteristics of Public Transport Infrastructure and Operation in Small Cities

 

External link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784479292.125

Publication date: July 1, 2015

Capsule summary: This report analyzes the bus systems of nine small American cities to identify common problems and propose suggestions about the future development of such systems.

Author(s): Liu, Yanhua; Xin, Feifei; Ye, Yitong

Publisher(s): American Society of Civil Engineers


Definition: The maintenance and advancement of traffic operation systems
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Definition: Planning practices for pedestrians, bikes and transit
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Definitions: Passenger transportation services
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Definitions: The movement of people
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Definition: A public agency that operates and maintains passenger transportation services
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Definition: A federally funded transportation policy-making organization, comprised of local government representatives and transportation authorities
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Definition: A large urban area
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Description: Small cities across the United States are experiencing rapid urbanization and can no longer solely depend on personal vehicles and highways to satisfy transportation demand. As such, research on the development of public transportation systems in small cities has become necessary. This report focuses on nine small cities, and analyzes the current situation of their bus systems in order to diagnose common problems and offer solutions.

Objectives: The purpose of this report is to examine the public bus systems in nine small cities in order to better understand the common problems of small city bus systems.

Findings: The researchers found numerous problems with small city bus systems that hinder their efficiency, effectiveness and ridership. The limited budget and extent of many of these systems leads to insufficient coverage and many “bus-blind” areas.

Recommendations: Not applicable; suggestions instead of recommendations.

Research Theme: Planning for Pedestrians, Bikes, and Transit, Traffic Operations

Community Type: City, Small City

Transportation Mode: Personal, Transit

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Organization Type: City, MPO or RPO, Transit

Planning Subject: Forecasting, Planning Methods