A BEHAVIOURAL EXPLANATION OF THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN BUN AND PASSENGER ARRIVALS AT A BUS STOP

The times of arrivals of passengers and departures of buses have been observed at ten bus stops in suburban London. The different bus stops were observed at different times of the day, but the observations at each were reported at the same timeon each of eight different days. Due to the predictability of the bus services, passengers' waiting times were observed to be about 30% less than they would have been had the passengers arrived at random times. An explantion of this involves considering passengers to be of three types a proportion q whose arrival time is causally coincidental with the bus, a proportion p(1-q) who arrive at the optimal time (the time at which the expected waiting time is smallest), and a proportion (1-p) (1-q) who arrive at random. It was found that p is positively correlated with the expected gain from arriving at the optimal time as opposed to arriving at random. Furthermore, p was larger at those bus stops observed in the peak than at those observed in the off-peak. A number of other results relating various parameters of the bus service are also given. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University College London

    Centre for Transport Studies, Gower Street
    London,   United Kingdom  WC1E 6BT
  • Authors:
    • Jolliffe, J K
    • Hutchinson, T P
  • Publication Date: 1974-9

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;

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  • Accession Number: 00132645
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM