This report presents the findings of an investigation into the operation of urban bus routes. The operation is studied in terms of the times taken by passengers and buses in different stages of their journeys. The report consists of three main parts. In the first part the subject area is introduced, the terms are defined, a framework for assessment is proposed, and a description of the survey techniques is given. The second part contains results in terms of times associated with bus stops, with moving between stops, and with timing points and terminals. The ways in which these affect the route as a whole are discussed, and comment is made on the use of simulation techniques. The third main part draws together the findings of the earlier parts and points out the implications for the operator, the traffic engineer, and the passenger. The work is developed at three levels, by way of theoretical considerations, by descriptions and comments on methods for survey and analysis, and by presentations of results. Many of the results were obtained in one large city in the United Kingdom, but results from elsewhere in the country and from a smaller number of cities in other parts of the world are given to examine the generality of the findings. Many of the findings relate to the variations in the components of journey times and emphasise the importance of these variations for the reliability of the route.(a) /TRRL/

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    Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University, England

    Transport Operations, Claremont Tower, NE1 7RU
    Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Chapman, R A
    • Gault, H E
    • Jenkins, L A
  • Publication Date: 1976-12


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00159817
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TORG Work Paper 23 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1981 12:00AM