Research, Education and Outreach from Campus Transit Laboratory and Campus Transit Laboratory: Infrastructure for Research, Education, and Outreach

This report documents the activities conducted within the Campus Transit Lab (CTL) at The Ohio State University for the purposes of research, education, and outreach from Spring 2012 through Autumn 2017. CTL investigators utilized automatically and manually collected data from OSU Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) to support these goals. CTL investigators conducted outreach with CABS to assess night service ridership, support campus planning efforts, fill in and correct ridership reports produced by off-the-shelf software, support campus sustainability policy efforts, advise on the management of the data for a new campus bike-sharing service, provide lessons learned regarding ridership reporting from automatic passenger count (APC) data to Washington Metro, and share extensive documentation of inferring origin-destination (OD) flows from APC data with Washington Metro. Regarding research, data collected in the CTL were used to investigate the effect of passenger information on perception of transit services; effect of weather on transit short trips; effect of a base matrix on OD flow estimates using APC data; use of mobile device Wi-Fi signals to determine passenger OD flows; stated preferences for real-time employer-based ridesharing considering personal and travel characteristics; use of OD flows determined from APC and Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) data to correct sample and response biases in transit onboard survey results; sampling biases in transit onboard surveys and associated impacts on resulting passenger socioeconomic and travel characteristics; relationships among transit route-level passenger alighting probability, probability OD flow, and expected OD flow matrices; air quality monitoring from transit buses; traffic sensing from transit buses; and use of data on requests for real-time transit information made through the use of a mobile app. CTL data and infrastructure continued to be used in undergraduate and graduate courses through class lectures, assignments, data collection exercises, and exam questions.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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  • Authors:
    • McCord, Mark R
    • Mishalani, Rabi G
  • Publication Date: 2018-3-13


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 29p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01667750
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NEXTRANS Projects No. 141OSUY2.1 and No. 172OSUY2.
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC05
  • Created Date: Mar 15 2018 10:14AM