The Problem of Passenger Counts

Developing adequate and reliable passenger counts is of more than academic interest to transit agencies like Utah Transit Authority. In the past sampling methodologies have been employed to count bus and Trax passengers. In the case of bus passengers, such samples have apparently over-estimated passenger counts. Passenger counts directly affect levels of Federal funding. To improve accuracy, Trax trains are now equipped with electronic counting technology. Frontrunner trains will be similarly equipped. Beginning the week of August 27, 2007 a major rescheduling of bus routes will occur to better feed the Trax network. Accordingly, passenger count sampling procedures for busses have been revamped considerably so as to not over-count or under-count bus traffic.

The improved sampling procedures will also help determine how well busses and Trax are coordinating in moving traffic.