Part of: Toward Efficient Informal Urban Transit

Types of Informal Transit Systems and Vehicles

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  • Informal systems use a range of vehicle types—small to large, motorized to non-motorized.
  • They vary in service characteristics such as route patterns, schedules, and areas of coverage (a city section or a neighborhood).
  • Five types of informal systems are shown below in descending order based on vehicle size and service coverage. 

Some Types of Informal Systems

Adapted from Cervero and Golub, 2007

Types of vehicles used range from buses to two- or three-wheelers, as well as non-motorized bicycles and rickshaws.

Types of Vehicles Used

Adapted from Salazar, 2015