Transit Performance Evaluation Model

by Richard P. Guenthner, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Marquette Univ., Milwaukee, Wisc. 53233,
Kumares C. Sinha, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Head; Transportation and Urban Engrg., School of Civ. Engrg., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Ind. 47907,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 4, Pg. 343-361

Document Type: Journal Paper


An analytical methodology, known as the Transit Performance Evaluation Model, has been extended and applied. The model is used to evaluate the effect on transit performance from short term policy changes including: fares, service frequencies, route coverage, and route alignment. Long term trends in ridership due to a shift in the demand function caused by factors beyond the control of transit operators were also considered. The model was intended for use by bus operators in small to medium sized cities. Model tests were performed in several small midwestern cities using a variety of policy changes. Analysis of available after data indicated that the model results are reasonable and the model can be effectively used to make decisions regarding transit improvement options.

Subject Headings: Fares | Alignment | Ridership | Buses

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