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Creating a Regional Transit Score Protocol: Full Report

Product No.: 07005
Date Published: 1/2007

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Geographic Area Covered: DVRPC Region and State of New Jersey

Abstract: This two-phase project defines a tool and method to assess the appropriateness of various modes and intensities of transit service throughout the DVRPC region. Phase I consisted of a statistical evaluation and refinement of New Jersey Transit's existing transit score method. This included a regression analysis to test the relationships between existing variables, additional variables, and transit mode share for the region, the State of New Jersey, and the combined area of the two. Based on the results of this evaluation, a refined transit score equation was derived for congruent use in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This revised equation, the DVRPC Transit Score Tool, was classified into five score category ranges (from ‘low' to ‘high'), with each score category associated with particular transit service investments that would be broadly appropriate, depending on other planning considerations. The Transit Score Tool is technical in nature but transparent and accessible in application, and informs a better understanding of the relationship between land use configuration and public transportation. This will enable a more productive discussion of proposed transportation, planning, or transit-related development project at the conceptual level.

Key Words: Transit Score, Transit Compatibility, Transit Supportiveness, Transit Viability, Transit Potential, Smart Growth

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