Cost per passenger trip of STAR.
ART & WMATA Paratransit Costs Per per Passenger Trip, FY2006-2013
|Fiscal Year||ART Paratransit (STAR)||WMATA (MetroAccess)|
Cost per passenger trip on ART’s paratransit service, Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents (STAR), is measured annually for the all STAR trips. A passenger trip is defined by a one-way trip taken by a STAR client. To obtain the cost per trip, the total number of trips taken annually is divided by the total annual operating cost of the STAR service. For comparison, the cost per passenger trip on MetroAccess, WMATA’s paratransit service, is also provided.
Measuring the cost per passenger trip of STAR helps the County measure the cost effectiveness of its paratransit service. The lower the cost per passenger trip, the more efficient the service is operated, providing more trips for every dollar invested. Comparing STAR’s costs per passenger trip to MetroAccess’ cost per passenger trip provides a point of reference for evaluating STAR’s costs per trip. This measure supports the MTP Goal 5: Manage Effectively and Efficiently and Goal 1: Provide High‐Quality Transportation Services.
Overall, STAR has had a lower cost per passenger trip compared to MetroAccess. While MetroAccess costs per trip have continued to rise since fiscal year 2006, the costs per trip for STAR have fluctuated over the same period. Most recently, a downward trend has been observed with approximately a 28 percent, or $10.63, drop in cost per trip between fiscal year 2011 and 2013. Between fiscal year 2012 and 2013, STAR’s drop in per trip costs equated a savings of $278,600.73.
- Arlington Transit Bureau internal data.
- National Transit Database, WMATA Annual Profiles.