Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2015

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geography and Geology

Committee Chair

Dr. Joby Bass

Committee Chair Department

Geography and Geology

Committee Member 2

Dr. David Cochran

Committee Member 2 Department

Geography and Geology

Committee Member 3

Dr. George Raber

Committee Member 3 Department

Geography and Geology

Abstract

This study assess Hub City Transit, the public bus system of Hattiesburg, MS. Statistical analysis is used to determine how well the transit system serves low income areas of the city. A 0.5 mile buffer was applied to the bus routes to determine the coverage of the transit system. Areas of disorder along the routes were also assessed to analyze the landscape routes pass through. Lastly, an analysis of ridership on each route was performed to determine the most heavily used areas, as well as to assess where riders are going on each route.

The findings show that Hub City Transit is serving the low income demographic that they state they wish to serve. Also, ridership analysis suggests that the transit system is a truly needed service, as most riders seem to utilize it to get to health care facilities and grocery stores. An abundance of disorder in the landscape of the routes was found and in many areas these are the areas of highest ridership.

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