Improving Efficiency and Reliability of Bus Rapid Transit

In recent years, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have been gaining increasing popularity because of their effectiveness in improving urban mobility. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is the primary public transit provider in Salt Lake City and has implemented a 10.8-mile BRT route along 3500/3300 South in Salt Lake City. A total of 106 miles of BRT lines are planned throughout Utah, to be implemented by 2030, in an effort to alleviate congestion and increase ridership along major corridors. This research aims to utilize a modeling and simulation approach to help improve the efficiency and reliability of the high-capacity service, which makes BRT an appealing system for potential riders. First, a microscopic simulation is created to test a series of global positioning system (GPS)-based transit signal priority (TSP) scenarios and evaluate their impact on transit and traffic operations. Second, a data-driven optimization method is implemented to understand the contributing factors of BRT dwell time and the benefits of an off-board fare collection system.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    110 South Central Campus Drive, Room 2115
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Utah Transit Authority

    200 South 669 West
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84101
  • Authors:
    • Liu, Xiaoyue Cathy
    • Zlatkovic, Milan
    • Porter, Richard J
    • Fayyaz, Kiavash
    • Yu, Song
  • Publication Date: 2018-6


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 41p

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  • Accession Number: 01675101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC 18-349
  • Contract Numbers: Project 469
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2018 9:51AM