Mass transportation for NPS : a financial feasibility study
Gates, William R.
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This thesis examines the financial feasibility of a shuttle bus for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) located in Monterey, California. The current transit system between the student housing area, La Mesa Village (LMV), and the campus loses money and is now on the verge of cancellation. Research was primarily conducted by survey of the LMV students and compilation of the bus historical ridership/cost sheets. Secondary sources were used to gain insight into civilian intracity transit practices to determine possible shortfalls in the NPS bus service. Also, applicable state and federal environmental regulations were reviewed. The NPS bus service was found to be financially feasible, though only when NPS enlisted service members are designated as drivers. This is because cash exponditures are not required for their services. All other labor alternatives result in deficits which would require the bus service to be subsidized similar to all intracity bus operations. A reduced fare and increased schedule were shown to enhance revenues.
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