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LOAD FACTOR (UTILIZATION COEFFICIENT)

The ratio of passengers actually carried versus the total passenger capacity of a vehicle.

LOAD SHEDDING

Reducing the amount of conventional transit service at peak hours by encouraging the use of paratransit operations to carry some of the peak-period passengers. (TRB)

LOADING ISLAND

1. A pedestrian refuge within the right-of-way and traffic lanes of a highway or street. It is provided at designated transit stops for the protection of passengers from traffic while they wait for a board or alight from transit vehicles…