This paper describes three contributions to the field of bus costing: (1) an accurate and rapid method of estimating crew shift requirements for any specified service from operating data which are normally readily available. (2) a methodology for analysing the costs of an existing bus system by route and by time period, or for estimating the incremental costs of service changes. (3) a computer package which incorporates both of the above into a simple-to-use costing tool for planning and analysis purposes. The methods use inputs which operators would generally have readily available. They are also relatively easy to apply, particularly if interactive computer programs are used. The methodology and computer package were developed initially for application to the bus and tram services operated by the state transport authority of South Australia. Subsequent application elsewhere has shown that they are transferable to other systems without undue difficulty. Probably the most significant advance over methods previously available is the improved procedures for estimating crew shift requirements for any service, and hence for any service change. The procedures developed and applied with high levels of accuracy in Adelaide have since been further developed and applied with similar accuracy to bus, tram and suburban rail services in other Australian cities. This planning tool is proving useful in addressing a wide variety of issues where costs of existing services need to be analysed, or incremental costs for service changes to be estimated, for all public transport modes. (TRRL)

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hill, T W
    • Wallis, Ian P
    • STARRS, M M
  • Publication Date: 1984-2

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  • Accession Number: 00390169
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 926
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM