From Main Street, USA to George Street: Transportation Systems at Walt Disney World and Rutgers University

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Operational similarities between Rutgers University at New Brunswick/Piscataway may not readily apparent, but at the most basic level, both places are spatially diverse yet singularly-owned, self-contained places populated by untold thousands of people needing to moved from one place to another. Both places have developed elaborate means to accomplish these needs, the development of their own transportation systems. Both systems are operated by private, for-profit companies, both rely predominantly on bus service, and both feature significant financial hurdles in adding capacity. Yet, both are used by thousands of users each day, though Rutgers could adapt elements of theme park transportation for transporting students.

            Disney Transport is the Disney-owned entity responsible for transporting guests from parking lots to theme parks, from theme park to theme park, and from any of the dozens of hotels/resorts to every location within the 47 square miles of Walt Disney World. This is accomplished primarily…

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