Pullman Transit Route Pilot Study: Evaluating Transit Re-Routing on Ridership and Pedestrian Flows

PI: Jake Wagner (WSU), jake.wagner@wsu.edu, ORCID: 0000-0002-1614-4282

Co PIs: none

AMOUNT & MATCH: $40,000 from PacTrans; $40,000 Match

PERFORMANCE PERIOD: 3/16/2022 – 3/15/2023

STATUS: Active

CATEGORIES: Transit, Pedestrians, Ridership



FINAL PROJECT REPORT: will be available once completed

PROJECT DATA: will be available once completed

DESCRIPTION: Pullman Transit is the leading rural transit system throughout Washington and within the region, providing over 1.4 million rides annually. Like most transit networks, Pullman Transit is faced with challenging questions in their effort to meet service demands and community needs in a financially sustainable way. Where should bus stops be located? How frequently should each stop be serviced? Which routes should be driven to ensure all stops are serviced while minimizing rider travel time? What should the rider fare be? The answers to these questions are vital to the smooth and efficient operation of any transit network, but transit planners are typically left without the tools they need to make these important decisions.

The objective of this project is to provide targeted information on the impacts of the Express Routes Pilot Program to the transportation planners at Pullman Transit and WSU Transportation Services. The Express Routes Pilot Program is an attempt to improve the frequencies and capacities of the Express system, by rerouting the existing routes to a central drop off location and adding a campus shuttle.

Research Project Progress Report #1 10/10/2022
No Cost Extension Request 1/15/2023
Draft Report 1/15/2023
Final Project Report 3/15/2023