Title

MULTIMODAL TERMINALS - AN APPROACH TO MODAL COOPERATION

Authors

D BELL

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1984

Subject Area

operations - scheduling, infrastructure - station, infrastructure - interchange/transfer, planning - route design, ridership - mode choice, ridership - commuting, mode - bus

Keywords

Transportation industry, Transportation centers, Transportation, Transport, Transit centers, Teamwork, Scheduling, Routes, Route analysis, Road transportation, Performance, Passenger trains, Passenger terminals, Operations research, Operational research, Multimodal transportation, Multimodal systems, Mode choice, Modal choice, Joint use, Intracity bus transportation, Intermodal transfer, Intercity travel, Highway transportation, Cooperative scheduling, Cooperation, Collaboration, Choice of transportation, Bus transit, Bus terminals, Bus stations, Bus services

Abstract

By definition, MPT is a passenger facility shared by two or more modes, making it easier for a traveler to complete a journey by changing from one intercity carrier to another, or from the intercity mode to the local area bus or car or taxi. A multimodal terminal offers more to the users than unimodal terminals, through economies of scale and increased efficiency of a shared facility. Carriers using the MPT may be complementary (one mode bringing customers to the other, e.g., local transit and intercity rail) or competitive (e.g., bus and rail competing for the traveler).