Title

PORTLAND TRANSIT MALL TRAFFIC EFFECTS ANALYSIS

Authors

G E. Kruger

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1983

Subject Area

operations - traffic, planning - signage/information, land use - planning, ridership - demand, organisation - management, place - cbd, mode - bus

Keywords

Vehicular traffic control, Travel models (Travel demand), Travel demand, Transportation industry, Transportation, Transport, Transit travel, Transit malls, Traffic restraint, Traffic management (Traffic control), Street traffic control, Speed control, Speed, Regional planning, Portland (Oregon), Information processing, Highway traffic control, Downtowns, Data reduction, Data processing, Data collection, Data analysis, Data acquisition, City centers, Central business districts

Abstract

The Traffic Effects Analysis was limited by the geographic scope in that many Transit Mall impacts may be more significant to the regional transportation system than to downtown traffic circulation. The most noticeable impacts are the decreased vehicle miles of travel for both cars and buses and the significant increase in transit travel speeds, though these speeds could probably have been increased without construction of a full Mall. Various kinds of surveys and added data collection efforts may have proven useful to separate the effects of gasoline price increases, inflation, increased route coverage and service, downtown growth and short-term social and behavioral changes.