OPERATIONAL PLANNING OF FIXED-ROUTE AND DEMAND-RESPONSIVE BUS SYSTEMS IN THE GREATER LAFAYETTE, INDIANA, AREA

Many small urban areas in the United States are evaluating implementation of a demand-responsive transportation system in addition to the conventional bus system. This paper suggests the proper combination of the two modes, fixed-route and demand-responsive systems, that best serves the demand at a level of service required by the customer. The greater Lafayette area is used as a case study. A simplified procedure was developed to design the fixed route of the bus system of the greater Lafayette area. The level of service was measured by the total time the users spend on the bus system. Computer simulation was used to duplicate the operations of the demand-responsive system in the real world. The system operates on a many-to-many basis, i.e., many origins to many destinations, and is dispatched by computer. Cost comparisons of the two systems provided the feasible operation of the two bus modes for various demand levels under the same level of service. The results show that the fixed-route system best serves the high demand, i.e., more than 90 persons per hour. The demand-responsive system best serves the lower demand. No generalization of the results could be reached at this point in time, except for small urban areas similar in size and in structure to the greater Lafayette area.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 92-95
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00138154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024730
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1981 12:00AM