SUMMARY OF AN AUTOMATED SCHEDULING SYSTEM FOR DEMAND RESPONSIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The Dial-A-Ride Automated Scheduling System is a package of computer programs developed on a Westinghouse 2500 minicomputer by the MITRE Corporation under sponsorship of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. The system contains an automated scheduler that dynamically assigns customer requests for trips to vehicle tours and dispatches the vehicles through their stops; data analysis programs that produce statistical reports on system performance; and programs to generate and maintain the data files required by the scheduler, such as the file of related street names. The automated scheduler accepts messages from control room personnel through computer terminals. The messages are processed by an interactive message editor that verifies the message and initiates the appropriate function. Functions performed by the real-time scheduler include the assignment of trip requests, deferment of trip requests to be assigned later, cancellation of trip requests, vehicle dispatching, vehicle positioning, reassignment of stops of a disabled vehicle, and complete monitoring capabilities. In addition, the system supports a file containing trip requests that are automatically scheduled on a periodic basis. During scheduling, vehicle tours are printed in the event of failure of the automated system and a tape file is created for use by the data analysis programs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Mitre Corporation

    Westgate Research Park
    McLean, VA  USA  22101
  • Authors:
    • Rebibo, K K
    • Scott, R L
    • Ferrantino, J R
    • Hartzler, R E
    • Klopfenstein, R C
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00267010
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-06-0012-742-2
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 5 1981 12:00AM