Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. John Clark

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study provides an assessment of the overall comparative performance of 178 small to mid-size bus transit operations located in the United States, during 1997. It uses commonly applied measures of resources and results. This is the only known study that compares and ranks small to mid-size bus systems by combining both resources and results.

The selected data comes from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) National Transit Database Profiles: Agencies in Urbanized Are·as with a Population of Less than 200,000. The nationally reported data is collected and published by the FTA under Section 15 of the Transit Act. Davis, California's Unitrans bus agency received the best performance rating. On the other end, the City of Anderson's (Indiana) transportation system finished with the worst ranking of the 178 different transit systems.