encyclopedia

BASE FARE

Also known as Basic Fare and Regular Fare. The price (with no discounts) charged to an adult for regular local service or, for systems with zone pricing, a one-zone fare with no discounts, that is, what it costs an adult…

BASE HEADWAY

The scheduled headway between transit unit (vehicle or train) trips during an off-peak (usually midday) period. (TRB)

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”.

BASE RUN

A regular run that has no unpaid breaks and is normally 8 hr in duration. (TRB)

BASE STATION

Fixed location two-way radio equipment used to communicate with mobile and portable radio users in the field. For strategic reasons, base stations are generally located in high elevation areas such as mountain tops and the roofs of very tall buildings.

BASE YEAR

1. The year to which the major portion of the data gathered in a transportation survey relates. 2. The first year of a planning or forecast period. (TRB)

BASE-PERIOD FLEET

In transit, the number of transit units (vehicles or trains) required to maintain base-period schedules. (TRB)

BASE-PERIOD SERVICE

The level of transit operations during the base period. (TRB)

BASELINE SYSTEM

A term from the MTA Twenty Year Long Range Plan. Refers to the regional Metro Rail Systems that are either in operation, under construction or funded for construction. This includes the following lines and segments: Long Beach Blue Line; Green…