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    Connect Times at the University of Utah

    August 11th, 2016

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    An article by Peter Muller, President, PRT Consulting, Inc

    The recent University of Utah Campus Parking and Transportation & Research Park Mobility Master Plan tabulates the travel times and by walk, bike, shuttle bus and UTA (commuter) Bus between different origins and destinations. It also presents a potential PRT layout and a brief discussion of a PRT solution.

    We took their PRT layout, rationalized it a bit and used Podaris to figure connect times. We then added half the headway (time between buses) to the bus trip times to develop connect times for the bus systems. Our findings for two different origin points are in tables 1 and 2 below.

    Table 1. Total Trip Time Comparison from President’s Circle

    Walk plus wait plus primary mode

    Primary Mode Medical Plaza Towers Sage Point Marriott Residential West Village East Village
    Walk 32 32 21 35 41
    Bike 15 15 8 16 18
    Shuttle 21 25 13 24 25
    UTA Bus 41 45 40 43 52
    PRT 10 13 8 13 14

     

    Table 2. Total Trip Time Comparison from Student Union

    Walk plus wait plus primary mode

    Primary Mode Medical Plaza Towers Sage Point Marriott Residential West Village East Village
    Walk 26 25 14 32 35
    Bike 12 11 6 11 12
    Shuttle 23 22 24 28 29
    UTA Bus 49 48 38 48 42
    PRT 8 13 4 13 14

     

     

    Figure 1 shows PRT travel times for trips starting from the middle of President’s Circle. Any point on campus can be reached in fifteen minutes including walking, waiting and traveling.Presidents circle

     

    Figure 1. Travel Times from President’s Circle

    PRT clearly provides a superior solution. However, capital costs are a hurdle despite the fact that lower operating costs may result in life-cycle costs being less.

     

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