Efficient transportation for Vermont : optimal statewide transit networks.
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Efficient transportation for Vermont : optimal statewide transit networks.

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      "Public transit systems are receiving increased attention as viable solutions to problems with

      transportation system robustness, energy-efficiency and equity. The over-reliance on a single

      mode, the automobile, is a threat to system robustness. Increasingly, policy-makers and

      planners are espousing transportation systems with more options where robustness and

      equity gains come from the redundancy of alternative modes. For public transit, equity

      considerations range from ensuring that the network is fully “connected” (avoiding the “you

      can’t get there from here” problem), to providing access to critical destinations (e.g., grocery

      stores or health care facilities) for people without cars (Alam, 2009). Energy-efficiency gains

      in transit systems result when there are higher vehicle-occupancy rates which lower energy

      use per passenger-mile (Davis et al. 2009).

      This is one of two reports stemming from a project that sought to improve our understanding

      of the ways in which the Vermont statewide transportation system efficiency can be

      improved. In this report, we envision a series of “optimal” idealized transit-networks for the

      state of Vermont, based on the competing motivations of efficiency and equity, and compare

      those idealized networks to the existing one. The main objective is to measure the potential

      levels of efficiency and equity, as well as the potential gains that could result from redesigning

      the statewide fixed-route bus service. Finally, the location of existing park and

      ride facilities are considered relative to the existing and idealized transit networks."

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