Analysis of operational data from the Lethbridge Transit System with respect to the environment, population, and spatial context

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Watson, Stephnie
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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I completed two research projects for this thesis. The first research project examined fuel efficiency and vehicle emission differences between Lethbridge Transit’s hybrid and diesel buses. The second research project examined the actual vs potential utilization of the Lethbridge Transit system. I compared the City of Lethbridge hybrid buses against their diesel counterparts, as well as to the STURAA standards to assess fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions. The results were comparable with STURAA and the hybrid did perform better than the diesel. The key factors affecting utilization of the transit system are identifying the users, their location, and improving transit efficiency across large areas with low density. Lethbridge user qualities and quantities were not well known until the implementation of the Breeze Card data system. By conducting a hot spot analysis using the Breeze Card data, along with city age demographics, areas of high or low efficiency were identified
Buses -- Fuel consumption , Local transit -- Alberta -- Lethbridge , Local transit -- Research -- Alberta -- Lethbridge , Local transit accessibility -- Alberta -- Lethbridge , Buses -- Motors -- Exhaust gas -- Environmental aspects -- Alberta -- Lethbridge , Transportation -- Energy conservation -- Alberta -- Lethbridge , hybrid and diesel transit buses , small city transit planning , small city transit utilization , transit bus fuel efficiency , transit bus vehicle emissions , transit efficiency