Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SA-23. Practices in the Development and Deployment of Downtown Circulators

Several downtown areas have developed and deployed a "downtown circulator"-style bus operation. There does not appear to be significant literature documenting these programs--their challenges, barriers to implementation, and successful and sustainable strategies for making downtown circulators work. To the extent that information does exist, it lies in the private sector which often bids to operate such a service and so puts public agencies, business improvement districts, etc. seeking such services at an information/negotiation disadvantage. A synthesis is needed to provide information on the development and deployment of downtown circulator systems in order to aid city officials, non-governmental organizations, and the public in deciding whether and how to proceed when such a service is proposed. A literature review, survey of appropriate stakeholders, and detailed case studies will be accomplished to document the state of the practice, including lessons learned and gaps in information.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20090701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23014

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462014
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:56PM