COMPUTER SIMULATION OF A DEMAND-SCHEDULED BUS SYSTEM OFFERING DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE

BUSTOP IS A SIMULATION MODEL DEVELOPED FOR THE CDC 3400 USING FORTRAN AND SPURT LANGUAGES. THE SIMULATION PROGRAM USES STOCHASTIC PRINCIPLES TO SIMULATE A DEMAND-SCHEDULED BUS SYSTEM. A PASSENGER'S ORIGIN AND DESTINATION ARE GENERATED FROM A UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION, AND NO LIMIT IS PLACED UPON THE NUMBER OF LOCATIONS OF ORIGINS OR DESTINATION. THUS, A COMPUTER ALGORITHM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED THAT WILL SOLVE THE 'MANY-TO-MANY' PROBLEM. ALTHOUGH THIS SIMULATION PACKAGE USES SOME VERY SIMPLIFIED ASSUMPTIONS, IT IS FELT THAT A GOOD BEGINNING HAS BEEN MADE TOWARD A USEFUL TOOL FOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNING. WITH SOME SPECIFIC MODIFICATIONS IN THE PROGRAM, THIS SIMULATION PACKAGE COULD BE USED TO PERFORM DETAILED SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS ON THE USE OF A DEMAND-SCHEDULED BUS SYSTEM BEFORE ANY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT IS IMPLEMENTED. MUCH OF THE DISCUSSION HAS BEEN ORIENTED TOWARD THE IMPLMENTATION OF A DEMAND-SCHEDULED BUS SYSTEM TO HELP COPE WITH THE TRANSPORTATION PROBLEM. NEW CONCEPTS IN SMALL BUS OPERATIONS MAY LEAD TO INCREASED DEMAND FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF TRANSIT SERVICES. HOWEVER, THE COST OF DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS IS QUITE HIGH AND THE USE OF SIMULATION TECHNIQUES COULD PROVIDE CONSIDERABLE INSIGHT INTO THE ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY OF INITIATING A DEMAND- SCHEDULED BUS SYSTEM. /AUTHOR/

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    • Paper sponsored by Committee on Future Concepts and presented at the 47th Annual Meeting.
  • Authors:
    • Heathington, Kenneth W
    • Miller, Joel
    • Knox, Ronald R
    • Hoff, Gerald C
    • Bruggeman, Jeffrey
  • Publication Date: 1968

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 26-40
  • Monograph Title: Urban mass transportation planning
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  • Accession Number: 00241136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 234
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1994 12:00AM