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Title:Express Bus Transit Study: A Case Study
Authors:Del Peterson, Jill Hough, and Dustin Ulmer
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:Feb 2006
Report #:MPC-06-178
Project #:MPC-219
TRID #:01030698
Keywords:bus rapid transit, bus stops, bus transit, case studies, commuters, express buses, literature reviews, needs assessment, park and ride, travel costs



Clay County Rural Transit (CCRT) is considering the implementation of an express bus system to serve commuters between the Wahpeton-Breckenridge and Fargo-Moorhead metro areas, a 55-mile trip. CCRT runs a similar service between Detroit Lakes, Barnesville, and Fargo-Moorhead. The bus would stop at designated areas using a park and ride system. A questionnaire was created to determine travel needs of potential users and gauge potential interest in such a service. The objectives of the study were to: (1) Determine the number of regular commuters between the Wahpeton-Breckenridge and Fargo-Moorhead metro areas; (2) Make commuters aware of the cost of driving their personal automobile and compare that cost to that of using commuter bus service; (3) Discover the willingness of commuters to utilize commuter bus service; (4) Determine what commuter bus service features were of utmost importance to travelers; and (5) Gauge the awareness of local commuters to commuter bus service and its features.

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