Impact of Gasoline Price on Transit Ridership in Fort Worth, Texas

by Gary J. Wolff, (A.M.ASCE), Transportation Engr.; Dept. of Transportation, Ft. Worth, Tex.,
Dayle M. Clark, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Texas at Arlington, Tex.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 4, Pg. 362-375

Document Type: Journal Paper


The impact of gasoline price, gasoline supply, automobile ownership costs, and automobile operating costs on transit ridership is examined. Monthly data on transit ridership, gasoline supply, gasoline price, and consumer price indexes for automobile repair and maintenance, automobile insurance rates, motor oil, used cars, and automobile finance charges are all plotted to compare monthly, seasonal and yearly trends. The differences between the two energy shortages of 1974 and 1979 are analyzed, indicating that latent demand from by-choice transit riders for transit service exists in Fort Worth, Texas.

Subject Headings: Automobiles | Gasoline | Pricing | Ridership | Maintenance | Insurance | Seasonal variations | Texas | United States

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