Running time is
defined as the time required to make a complete trip, including
stops, from one end of the line to the other. To be conservative,
and to allow for make-up time, this author recommends using a one-way
running time of 10 minutes. This allows about 45 seconds for each
of the 9 stops, and gives some leeway for adverse traffic conditions.
Given the running
time above, it seems reasonable that a round trip from the trolley
can be made in 20 minutes. This means that one car can provide a
service frequency, or headway, of 20 minutes.. Should demand warrant,
two cars can be placed in service, which will yield a frequency
of a streetcar every 10 minutes. With two cars in operation, each
car leaves its respective terminal (Hal Greer Blvd. or 8th Street)
at the same time. They meet at the passing siding at Thirteen Street,
and continue to the other end of the line. A 20 minute headway requires
only a single car, which simply runs back and forth. Fortunately,
the 13th Street siding is located approximately at the mid-point
of the line.
It is recommended
that initial operations consist of one car running on 20 minute
headway for the entire length of the line.
Hours of Service
Like its predecessor,
the Ohio Valley Electric Railway, the proposed Huntington streetcar
will function primarily to serve visitors. In so doing, it will
provide an alternative mobility and a "funnel" for commerce
will provide congestion mitigation as well as air pollution relief.
The hours and
days of service of the streetcar should be geared to serve the visitors
and students, but should also allow residents to use it as a quick
and car-free way of doing errands - such as running to the Post
Office. In many conversations with Huntingtonians, it was the consensus
that 7 AM would be a good starting time, because that is when most
businesses open. Closing service at 10:00PM is recommended. For
this analysis we will use one schedule of 360 days operating for
15 hours per day versus a 310 day (Monday - Saturday) schedule operation
12 hours per day.
There are a few
options to the management of the trolley system. It would be up
to the Mayor and City Council to determine the best system of management
for this undertaking. The Tri-State Transit Authority is the best
candidate for integrating the fixed trolley into its existing fleet.