Analyzing the Costs of Operating Small Transit Vehicles: User's Guide STVe (Small Transit Vehicle economics)

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infrastructure - vehicle, land use - planning, mode - bus, mode - paratransit


Computer program documentation, Costs, Decision making, Economic models, Engineering economy, Implementation, Paratransit services, Paratransit vehicles, Planning, Small buses, Vans


This User's Guide explains the accompanying Small Transit Vehicle economics (STVe) model - a tool designed for transit planners and others making decisions about the purchase of small transit vehicles for different services and operating environments. The computerized STVe model is based on the principles of engineering economics and allows the user to assess whether it makes economic sense to invest in a particular type of vehicle, based on user-defined inputs. The User's Guide describes how to run the model and interpret its results. The STVe model and User's Guide will be of interest to transit operators, planners, policy makers, and others concerned with the costs associated with implementing small transit vehicle service in the United States.


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