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Journal of Public Transportation – Vol. 17 No. 4 (2014)

Volume 17, No 4, 2014 of the Journal of Public Transportation is now available. Click on the links below to view the articles or obtain a full text version of this issue. Performance Measures for the Analysis of Rural Public Transit in Alabama Michael Anderson and Tahmina Khan OneBusAway Multi-Region – Rapidly Expanding Mobile Transit Apps to New Cities Sean J. Barbeau, Alan Borning, and Kari Watkins Friday Exception Scheduling in Transit Systems: An Exploratory Analysis When Data Are Limited Michael D. Benson, Robert B. Noland, and Alan. M. Voorhees A Transit Technology Selection Model Jeffrey M. Casello, Geoffrey McD. Lewis, Kevin Yeung, and Deborah Santiago-Rodríguez Measuring Public-Transport Network Connectivity Using Google Transit with Comparison across Cities Subeh Chowdhury, Avishai (Avi) Ceder, and Bruno Velty Effects of Light-Rail Transit on Traffic in a Travel Corridor Reid Ewing, Guang Tian, Allison Spain, and J. … Read entire article »

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Evaluating the Performance of Public Urban Transportation Systems in India

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 17, Issue 4 (2014) by Omkarprasad S. Vaidya Evaluating the performance of public transportation systems facilitates operational improvement and strategic decisions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relative performance of 26 public urban transportation organizations in India using various criteria. We grouped these 19 criteria as Operations, Finance, and Accident-based. First, we evaluated the importance of these criteria groups using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). Then, we evaluated the organizations (Decision Making Units, DMUs) using various criteria within each criteria group using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Finally, a Transportation Efficiency Number (TEN) was developed that quantified the overall performance of the DMUs considering the 19 criteria. Included is a discussion on the applicability of this approach, thus helping practicing managers understand the lacuna, … Read entire article »

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Use of Movable Bus Stop Loading Pads: Feasibility and Design Alternatives

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 17, Issue 4 (2014) by Nakin Suksawang, Priyanka Alluri, Albert Gan, Katrina Meneses, Fabian Cevallos, Kirolos Haleem, and Dibakar Saha The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 requires bus stops to be accessible for individuals with disabilities. At a minimum, bus stops must have firm, stable, slip-resistant loading pads with connected sidewalks and curb ramps. Consequently, the typical approach of transit agencies has been to install permanent concrete loading pads at bus stops. This study explored alternatives to conventional concrete pads with movable pads that could be installed quickly, resulting in savings in construction and labor costs and minimizing both disruptions to traffic and impacts to abutting businesses. Potential design alternatives in terms of materials and structural support for these pads were evaluated. The review focused on existing … Read entire article »

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Conducting Visitor Travel Surveys: A Transit Agency Perspective

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 17, Issue 4 (2014) by Gregory L. Newmark Visitors represent an important potential market for transit. Unfortunately, since visitors generally lack local phone numbers and residential addresses, they constitute a hard-to-survey population, and relatively little is known about their travel behaviors and preferences. Transit agencies seeking to better understand and better serve this market will need to conduct a visitor travel survey. Surprisingly few visitor travel surveys have been undertaken, and none have been designed expressly to meet the needs of transit agencies. This research addresses this gap in the public transportation planning literature by identifying and exploring the key issues a transit agency needs to consider to carry out an effective visitor travel survey. View the full article or the entire Journal issue. … Read entire article »

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A New Transit Safety Narrative

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 17, Issue 4 (2014) by Todd Litman Public transportation is, overall, a relatively safe (low crash risk) and secure (low crime risk) transport mode. Transit travel has about one-tenth the traffic casualty (injury or death) rate as automobile travel, and residents of transit-oriented communities have about one-fifth the per capita crash casualty rate as in automobile-oriented communities. Transit also tends to have lower overall crime rates than automobile travel, and transit improvements can help reduce overall crime risk by improving surveillance and economic opportunities for at-risk populations. Despite its relative safety and security, many people consider transit travel dangerous and are reluctant to use it or support service expansions in their communities. Various factors contribute to this excessive fear, including the nature of transit travel, heavy … Read entire article »

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