This report describes the development of methods for transit planning departments and street supervisors to employ for maintaining service regularity (reliability) through improved scheduling and real-time control. An interest in developing methods which are representative, easy to use and cost-effective were important factors governing the research design. The research findings include both individual and collective issues which impact service reliability. The resulting information is integrated into a decision methodology which can be used to improve service reliability through the implementation of real-time holding strategies. A mechanism is also provided by which the transit manager can directly utilize the methodology to address current reliability problems. Tests conducted using the methodology indicate that it has considerable potential in improving bus route operations and passenger level of service. This is seen as being particularly important in these times of reduced subsidies for transit operations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 110 Eighth Street
    Troy, NY  United States  12180

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Service and Management Demonstrations Program
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Abkowitz, M
  • Publication Date: 1984-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 162 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00386311
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NY-06-0097 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NY-06-0097
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 30 1984 12:00AM