This research was funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities and the Utah Department of Transportation.
Transportation -- Planning -- Utah -- Salt Lake City, Bus stops -- Design and construction, People with disabilities -- Travel, Urban community development -- Utah -- Salt Lake City, People with disabilities -- Travel
A bus stop can be anything from a simple signpost stuck in the grass, to a comfortable shelter with seating and paved access to the sidewalk. For many U.S. transit agencies across the country, improving facilities at bus stops is a priority. But how much do these improvements actually affect ridership? A lot, it turns out. A new NITC study, co-funded by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and led by Keith Bartholomew of the University of Utah, found a 5.9% increase in boardings after improvements were made to a series of bus stops in Salt Lake City - compared to only a 1.7% overall increase in boarding at stops in a control group that were not improved.
Bartholomew, K. Bus Stops Improvements Along Utah Corridor Increase Ridership and ADA Accessibility. Project Brief. NITC-RR-1214. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2020.