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dc.contributor.authorKing, Jeffen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:44:13Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:44:13Z
dc.date.issued2011-08-02en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-08252011-211346en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/34774
dc.description.abstractPresently, the United States has yet to achieve the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Actâ s (ISTEA) goal of creating a seamless intermodal transportation system. In addition to the dearth of connections, the nationâ s poor transportation information systems limit intercity intermodal transportation. Travelers lack awareness of available transportation options and face too many separate portals for trip planning that both consume time and present inadequate information. This paper posits that the creation of an efficient and extensive web-based door-to-door intermodal trip planner can solve these problems. The proposed system will present travelers with a single portal to meet all their trip planning needs. Upon selecting specific trips, travelers can then decide to be directed to operators to make a purchase. The system will include operators from the major modal groups including intercity buses, intercity rail, commuter rail, transit, and airlines. It will also include taxis due to the disjointed nature of the US public transportation system and the need to connect users who are far from stations. The requirements to create this trip planner are explored, including the support systems, potential legal issues, and suitable entities for administration and management. A survey of 39 transportation system users revealed the existence of redundant and inadequate trip planners and that the lack of sufficient information on public transportation options is driving travelers to private vehicles for shorter distances even for those who prefer public means of transportation. Analysis of the costs and benefits of implementing the proposed system is drawn from interviews with key personnel within the transportation industry, and a review of nationwide trip planners in European countries. Finally, a roadmap is presented on how best to implement the system with inputs from both the public and private sector. Recommendations include the establishment of an industry-wide data standard, a national interagency database, and a cooperative structure that entices major players within each mode to participate in the system. Also suggested are incentives from the DOT and interested private sector members to encourage more operators to participate in the system.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartKing_J_T_2011.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartKing_J_T_2011_IRBApproval.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectintelligent transportation systemen_US
dc.subjecttraveler information systemen_US
dc.subjectpublic transportationen_US
dc.subjecttrip planneren_US
dc.subjectintermodalen_US
dc.titleRequirements for a Nationwide Intermodal Trip Planner in the USen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCivil Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairKikuchi, Shinyaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTignor, Samuel C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBuehler, Ralphen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-08252011-211346/en_US
dc.date.sdate2011-08-25en_US
dc.date.rdate2011-09-07
dc.date.adate2011-09-07en_US


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