USE OF AN ACTIVITY SIMULATION MODEL TO ASSESS RURAL BUS SCHEDULES
This paper considers the times of departure and of return of a bus stop by examining the question of interactions between the detailed timing of a bus service and the lifestyles of potential passengers. A case study is described in which an activity simulation model was used to assess how the population of a small village would be affected by a number of alternative bus timetables proposed for the service linking the village with the local regional centre. It is suggested that this modeling approach offers considerable advantages over generalized cost based models in those circumstances-such as in rural locations and at low service levels-when the exact timing of buses may be the overriding factor which decides whether a particular bus trip can take place or not. Further, because the technique is based on examination of people's lifestyles, it enables policy makers and bus operators to assess the social effects of changes (usually reductions) in service levels which may be made on economic grounds.
University of OxfordTransport Studies Unit, 11 Bevington Road
Oxford, United Kingdom OX2 6NB
- Clarke, M
- Publication Date: 1983-11
- Pagination: 22 p.
- TRT Terms: Bus transit; Level of service; Mathematical models; Rural areas; Scheduling; Service discontinuance; Timetables; Travel patterns; Waiting time
- Geographic Terms: United Kingdom
- Old TRIS Terms: Bus services
- Subject Areas: Highways; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00386953
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: TSU/REF-237
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM