Bus vs. Rail: An Oversimplified Comparison

Most comparisons of bus and rail systems assume a classic city with a central business district that commuters need to reach, and that each serve a single function, say Jeffrey R. Brown and Gregory R. Thompson of Florida State.

Brown and Thompson compared data from San Diego, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Pittsburg, and concluded that a combined rail/bus system is the most effective.

"The debate generally overlooks the several other functions that express bus and rail transit modes might serve, and thus it ignores the fact that the two modes perform differently depending upon the regional transit service mission that they are assigned. Transit planners and policymakers who are considering whether to invest in one mode or the other cannot make an informed decision without simultaneously considering the mission to which one mode or the other will be assigned."

The PDF is only available for purchase or in the printed Transportation Research Record.

Full Story: Express Bus Versus Rail Transit
Tags: 

Comments

Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209
DVD Cover of The Story of Sprawl

The Story of Sprawl

See how America changed shape in this collection of historic films that visually document how sprawl evolved.
$29.99 for 2-DVD SET

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $50.
$369 includes free shipping!