Accession Number : AD0711596

Title :   A PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION OF MAXIBUSES,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION PROJECT

Personal Author(s) : Margolis,Howard

Report Date : JUL 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : Maxibuses are discussed, which include both double-deckers and articulated (segmented) buses, provide certain benefits for bus lines, particularly when used in commuter express service. While they are able to seat more passengers per bus, they are likely to save no more than 10 to 15 percent in this mode, and even less on a systemwide basis. There are legal limitations in most states that limit buses to 55 ft long and 13/5 ft high. To gain full cost/effectiveness and comfort, it would help if some additional size could be added. Maneuverability is not a problem, but such buses would operate best in situations where curb lanes are kept free of parked cars. A test of maxibuses in selected locations is recommended. The most efficient and rapid way to test the maxibus concept would be to use European equipment. The promise of maxibuses, particularly for local transit, would increase if automatic fare collection equipment were developed. Some consideration could well be given to adding to passenger comfort, by such means as providing rush-hour seating for all passengers, as well as to increasing the number of riders per bus. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*TRANSPORTATION, URBAN AREAS), (*PASSENGER VEHICLES, FEASIBILITY STUDIES), DESIGN, COST EFFECTIVENESS, ROADS, TRAFFIC, PROBLEM SOLVING, SITE SELECTION, LAW, FACTOR ANALYSIS, EFFICIENCY

Subject Categories : Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE