Transit Operations Input to Project Planning and Designby William H. Lathrop, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas Inc, San Francisco, CA,
Abstract: The rationale for most public transportation projects is a requirement imposed on the operating agency by an existing or expected service demand. These expected operations may be intended to provide direct service to the public transport users such as a new or remodeled station, a section of line on a fixed guideway system, or an entire new system. This definition of operational needs at a project's inception will assure communication among the builder, the maintenance forces and the operator, will provide for evolution of operational plans with the project's development and be a key to assuring operation of the project as it was intended. This paper will review briefly the project development process and the types of operations input required. Then the types of institutional conditions under which a new project may be initiated will be reviewed. Given the context of the project development process and the agency's capability at the outset for design and construction, various ways in which operations input to the project can be made will then be discussed.
Subject Headings: Project management | Public services | Guideways | Terminology and definition | Maintenance | Urban development
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