Title

LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM A NEW COMMUTER RAIL SYSTEM

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1992

Subject Area

operations - capacity, planning - surveys, land use - planning, ridership - commuting, policy - parking, mode - rail

Keywords

User needs, Trip distribution, Transportation planning, Surveys, Ridership, Railroad transportation, Rail transportation, Patronage (Transit ridership), Parking capacity, Parking, Needs assessment, Florida, Commuting

Abstract

The article discusses the new commuter rail service of southeast Florida, the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority, including its performance characteristics. Comments are made on rail implementation in a non-traditional transit market characterized by low densities. Two major analyses are noted: an on-board survey and a peer review analysis. The results of these two studies are presented to provide an over-all status report for the Tri-Rail system and to suggest lessons that can be learned for other communities. This article presents an overview of the system, the weekday ridership profile, user satisfaction and feeder bus service, as well as the availability of parking, and performance measures. Corridor location is discussed, and comments are made on trip purpose distribution.