SOME ISSUES RELATING TO THE OPTIMAL DESIGN OF BUS ROUTES

The paper presents a discussion of some issues relating to the design of minimum cost bus routes serving a multiple origin-multiple destination trip distribution. It is shown that the objective function (total cost) is a nonconvex function of the assignment; the higher the demand for trips on a route, the better is the service that one can provide. One consequence of this is that a square grid of straight line bus routes is not likely to be an optimal geometry even under highly idealized conditions. "Good" geometries are more likely to focus routes onto a single street and past a common junction.

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    Operations Research Society of America

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  • Authors:
    • Newell, G F
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

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  • Accession Number: 00303471
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1981 12:00AM