Optimizing Sustainable Feeder Bus Operation Considering Realistic Networks and Heterogeneous Demand

This article presents a mathematical model that can be used to optimize social and fiscal sustainable operation of a feeder bus system. The model incorporates both a realistic network and heterogeneous demand to determine financial sustainability. The objective total profit is a nonlinear, mixed integer function, which is maximized by optimizing the number of stops, headway, and fare. The stops are located to maximize ridership and the demand elasticity for the bus service is dependent on passengers' access distance, wait time, in-vehicle time, and fare. The authors developed an optimization algorithm to search for the optimal solution that maximizes the profit in their model. They then apply this model to a real-world example for planning a bus transit system in Woodbridge, New Jersey.


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  • Accession Number: 01496527
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 2013 4:51PM