Busway Versus Rail Transit — A Land-Use Perspective

by Eric L. Bers, (A.M.ASCE), Transportation Planner; Sverdrup & Parcel and Assocs., Inc., Washington, D.C.; formerly, Assoc. Planner, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, Ga.,
Peter Hotine, Analyst/Program Monitoring and Reporting; Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, Ga.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 5, Pg. 605-616

Document Type: Journal Paper


Inherent in the decision between implementing a busway and rail branch are perceived or expected land-use impacts attributed to each mode. External to the decision-maker, time and market generally influence land patterns more than modal choice. Unfortunately, perceived impacts related to mode choice exist in the mind of decision-makers and frequently control the mode selection process. This paper examines the land-use assumptions and perceived impacts formulated during a busway versus rail branch alternative analysis in Atlanta, Ga. The principal assumptions utilized in the decision-making process are described and analyzed. Deficiencies in the process are identified and means of improvement are presented.

Subject Headings: Decision making | Buses | Rail transportation | Land use | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

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