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Analysis of Express Bus-Fringe Parking Operations
Michael J. Demetsky
Year: 1973
VTRC No.: 73-R23
Abstract: In the research reported here existing transportation systems analysis and planning tools were evaluated to determine their adequacy for providing a comprehensive analysis of alternative strategies for expanding the passenger-carrying capacity of existing way facilities during peak travel periods. In particular, emphasis was placed on a methodological development for evaluating the transit patronage to be realized from the improvement of express transit service and/or the elimination of CBD parking. Accordingly, the findings of this study include recommendations for applying current tools for analyzing bus-highway-parking systems.

The major effort in this Phase I research was to identify those factors which measure the effectiveness of express-bus fringe parking operations and the subsequent development of an analysis framework which in its rudimentary stage derives from applications of existing transportation planning models. Phase II research has been proposed for extensive application and refinement of these findings to provide an implementable package of techniques for the planning and evaluation of express-bus fringe parking operations. The analytical development consists of the following stages for analysis: 1) Travel choice analysis, 2) System simulation and 3) The measurement and identification of the market for users of the service.