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Abstracts from the

Journal of Public Transportation

Volume 12, No. 2, 2009 


Examining the Factors that Impact Public Transport Commuting Satisfaction

Mairead Cantwell, Brian Caulfield, Margaret O’Mahony, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland


The first objective of this research was to examine the level of stress caused by commuting into Dublin city centre. The second objective was to determine the value placed on the comfort and reliability of public transport services. An on-line survey of workers who commute daily into Dublin city centre was conducted, which collected data on the respondents’ typical commute, commute-related stress, and socio-economic background. Commute satisfaction levels among public transport users were found to decrease for those who travel on crowded or unreliable services and those who have long wait-times. Stated preference scenarios relating to crowding and reliability were analysed using a multinomial logit model. The model showed that utility derived increases as crowding decreases and as reliability increases. Full text (pdf)

Bus Rapid Transit Features and Deployment Phases for U.S. Cities

Luis David Galicia, Ruey Long Cheu, The University of Texas at El Paso

Randy B. Machemehl, The University of Texas at Austin, and Hongchao Liu, Texas Tech University


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems are becoming popular in congested cities around the world.  Since this mode of transportation is still evolving, there is a lack of clear definition of what constitutes a BRT system.  This paper reviews the BRT systems around the world and characterizes their infrastructure and operational features.  The most common features found are those that lead to travel time reduction or ridership attraction relative to regular bus services.  However, not all the features must be implemented for a BRT system to be successful.  Based on the features reviewed, this research recommends three sets of features that correspond to three phases of deployment in U.S. cities, depending on the project budget, time frame, users, and traffic and corridor characteristics. Full text (pdf)

GIS-Based Safety Bus Stops—Serdang and Seri Kembangan Case Study

Khaled Hazaymeh, University Putra Malaysia


Enhancing a bus transit system is a possible solution to the growth of congestion in urban areas. Issues related to the safety of bus passengers, either on board or during their travel to a bus stop, should be considered. This article presents a GIS method to identify risky bus stops on a single bus route in the Serdang and Seri Kempangan area according to three attributes: location, characteristics, and surface. The aim is to improve the safety of bus stops in the area. Results show that GIS is a good tool to achieve the purpose of this study. Full text (pdf)

Public Transport in Pakistan: A Critical Overview

Muhammad Imran, Massey University, New Zealand


Urban transport problems in Pakistan are managed by building larger and better roads. By contrast, the principles of sustainable transport encourage using low-cost public transport that could perform well in mixed land use and high density Pakistani cities. The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical overview of public transport policy in Pakistan from the British India period through to recent years. This overview highlights the core problem of the continuing failure of Pakistani cities to develop and manage their public transport systems in such a way as to provide a high level of mobility, equity, and environmental sustainability. The paper identifies several factors, including the importance of governance, capacity building, and urban planning in providing adequate, efficient, and effective public transport in Pakistan. Full text (pdf)

Exploring the Willingness and Ability to Pay for Paratransit in Bandung, Indonesia

Tri Basuki Joewono, Parahyangan Catholic University


This article explores the willingness and ability to pay of the paratransit user. Paratransit (jitney) in this study refers to a public mode of transport of passengers that is owned and operated by private individuals or very small enterprises. The data were collected from a survey in Bandung, Indonesia, and analyzed using ordinal probit and binomial logistic regression. The findings illustrate a gap between the values of willingness and ability, and also reveal that people have different valuations regarding their related perceptions. The analysis explains the groups of users who have a tendency to assign a higher value, including the characteristics of users who agree with higher fare increments. This study also discusses the policy implications of this analysis. Full text (pdf)

Household Attributes in a Transit-Oriented Development: Evidence from Taipei

Jen-Jia Lin, National Taipei University and Ya-Chun Jen, Taiwan Ministry of Finance


This empirical study of the Metro Danshui Line in Taipei analyzed the attributes of households residing in “areas with significant attributes of TOD built environment” (TOD+) by applying a questionnaire survey and binary logit model. The empirical results were the following: household income, household size, and floor space needs are negatively associated with TOD+; the presence of children or elderly family members and preference for dense development, mixed land use and public facilities are positively related to TOD+. Based on the empirical findings of this study and the objective of deploying TODs near metro stations, general strategic directions for land use planning and property marketing are recommended to government agencies and real estate developers.Full text (pdf)

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