Category: Planning_Bus Operations_Administration

ALTERNATIVE FUELS

Low-polluting fuels which are used to propel a vehicle instead of high-sulfur diesel or gasoline. Examples include methanol, ethanol, propane or compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas, low-sulfur or “clean” diesel and electricity. (APTA)

AUTOMATIC FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM

A system of controls and equipment that automatically admits passengers on insertion of the correct fare in coins, tokens, tickets or farecards; it may include special equipment for transporting and counting revenues. (APTA)

BASE PERIOD

Refers to bus and rail service operated between the peak periods. The base period runs Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Also known as “off-peak period”.

CARPOOLING

An arrangement in which two or more people share the use, cost, or both of traveling in privately owned automobiles between fixed points on a regular basis. Also see HOV Lanes and Ridesharing.

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

As defined by the Bureau of the Census, an area of high land valuation characterized by a high concentration of retail businesses, service businesses, offices, hotels, and theaters, as well as by a high traffic flow. A CBD follows census…

DEADHEAD

1. The movement of a transit vehicle without customers aboard, often to and from a terminal or from one route to another. 2. A non-fare-paying passenger, most commonly a transit system employee traveling to work using a pass.

DIFFERENTIAL FARE

1. A method of travel pricing that varies fares according to the time of day, direction, distance, or other characteristic of the ride on pertinent circumstances. 2. An additional charge for a trip, based on the time of day, direction,…