The National Academies

TCRP H-03 [Completed]

Policy Options to Attract Auto Users to Public Transportation

  Project Data
Funds: $300,000
Research Agency: Center for Urban Studies, Portland State University
Principal Investigator: Kenneth J. Dueker
Effective Date: 5/2/1994
Completion Date: 10/31/1996

TCRP Report 40, "Strategies to Attract Auto Users to Public Transportation," focuses on parking strategies as a means of increasing transit patronage, particularly for work trips. This report will be of interest to transportation and urban planners and to local decisionmakers. The effectiveness of automobile parking strategies as a means of increasing transit ridership was analyzed. Eight strategies affecting the price and availability of parking and transit service levels were examined, alone and in combination, to assess their effects on travel mode choice, particularly transit. The final chapter of the report is an implementation guide for transportation planners and decisionmakers.

The study concludes that no single strategy is both effective and politically feasible enough to warrant implementation throughout a metropolitan area. Rather, the researchers recommend that policymakers implement combinations of parking strategies, in response to the policy and transportation objectives of specific geographical areas. The final chapter of the report, an implementation guide, provides forms, examples, and other information to assist agencies in selecting combinations of parking strategies that will be appropriate for local needs.

TCRP Report 40 is also available in portable document format (PDF). (A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader is available at https://www.adobe.com.)

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