Thursday, October 13, 2011

Chicken and egg: transit service levels.

One of the classic transit chicken and egg situations is around the frequency of service. Infrequent transit service seems to be underused while frequent transit service seems to always be busy. Is infrequent service underused because it is infrequent or because there is no demand? Likewise with frequent transit service, it seems like there is never enough services once you get 15 minutes or better frequency.

I had a chat with a transportation planner and one of the things that has never been done in Metro Vancouver is to use the regional transportation model (computer software) to see what would happen if transit service was up on all routes to frequent service level. It would be an interesting experiment to do especially since TransLink now has a whack of service hours to deliver into the South of Fraser. I would be interested to see how many of the current underused transit routes in the South of Fraser become busy.

No comments: