Ronald C. Sheck

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Technical Report

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Guideway Transit


This report is one of three da1a books prepared as part of the study tided Guideway Transit and lntsnnodalism: Function and Effectiveness. Data Book 2, Profiles of U.S. Guideway Transit Systems and Operators, profiles individual guideway transit systems In the U.S. and provides comparisons between them on a selection of attributes, utilization and performance characteristics. 'Guideway' transit in the U.S. is dominated by light, heavy and commuter rail modes, but also includes cable cars. inclined planes, monorails, automated guideway/people movers and trolley buses.

Data Book 2 is divided into three major sections. A United States map indicating the location of each urbanized area with guideway transit and a listing of guideway transit operators by mode is at the beginning of the first section. This is followed by a brief series of summary tables comparing the 30 U.S. urbanized areas with one or more guideway transit modes on the basis of 12 demographic, travel and transit variables.

The second section contains profiles of the 48 guideway transit operators. Each profile includes an overview of the guideway system, a system map, and da1a on a variety of topics including: urbanized area dimensions; transit service characteristics; fares and collection methods; system use and performance measures; and sources of operating revenue.

The third section compares systems and/or modes on the basis of characteristics, performance, use and costs. Material in this section allows for comparison between guideway transit modes in each urbanized area; comparison between urbanized areas by light, heavy and commuter rail modes; and comparison between modes across urbanized areas.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Guideway Transit and Intermodalism - Data Book 2: Profiles of U.S. Fixed Guideway Transit Systems and Operators, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, 315 p.