DEMAND-RESPONSIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT: A SIMULATION MODEL

This paper was presented at Session 31 - Traffic Systems and Analysis 2. This paper reviews some analytical methods which may be employed by public road passenger transport operators and transportation planners to effect some improvement in public road passenger transport. Four areas where improvement is possible (transportation planning, bus route and timetable planning, bus and crew scheduling, control and communications) are discussed, with particular emphasis upon mathematical techniques for bus route and timetable planning. The paper also describes a computer model for simulating the behaviour of a dial-a-bus system operating on an irregular road network. The model is suitable for use with a small computer, and can be used to determine the effect of three critical factors (the level and pattern of demand, the service area size, the level of service as reflected by service time constraints) upon the cost of a dial-a-bus system. The simulation model can be used to determine the feasibility of a dial-a-bus system and could be used as the basis of a computer procedure for controlling (or assisting a despatcher to control) a dial-a- bus system. (TRRL)

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 120-127
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 9
    • Issue Number: 5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309131
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1981 12:00AM