PASSENGER DATA COLLECTION MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE

Data needs to be collected and analysed as an aid to county council and bus operator management decision making. The authors describe the development and use of a system introduced by the county of Glamorgan some three years ago. A Swiss perfo data punch machine is used because it is easy to operate, is reliable and produces a computer compatible punched paper tape which needs to be changed only once a week. Uniformed bus company staff are used to operating the machine to collect data from every passenger on selected trips. The paper tape format is discussed and examples are given of its use of codes to denote such items as passenger class, type of ticket, trip purpose and waiting time. A zoning system has been developed for the county, with bus stops "pooled" into groups of up to nine located within individual zones. A suite of computer programs is used to produce a selection of bar charts and origin/destination matrices. Two types of survey have been employed - regular sampling and specific surveys. It is estimated that 100000 interviews will be completed annually from 1980 producing data that can be used to monitor proposals from the market analysis project (map) in addition to other schemes. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Building and Contract Journals Limited

    Surrey House, 1 Throwley Way
    Sutton, Surrey SM1 4QQ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980-2-28

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  • Accession Number: 00319622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM