The characteristics of bus passenger service-time distributions are a necessary input for the transportation simulation models that are used to evaluate the operations of street transit systems. In this paper, distributions of passenger service times through bus doors (the rates at which passengers entered, pased through, and departed from the bus) are analyzed by photographic studies and simulated by an Erlang function. These mathematical expressions simulating the passenger rates of flow entering and departing from a bus are compared with the observed times; the differences are not significant at the 95 percent level. The results of this research can be used to analyze a series of bus transit-flow situations and may serve as guidelines in assisting the designer and operator in evaluating existing or proposed bus systems. Specific models could be developed to evaluate the effects of the method of fare collection on passenger queue lengths and average waiting time under different rates of passenger arrivals. The overall design of bus transit vehicles has been shown to affect passenger flows in relation to such items as fare collection and in the use of door(s) for boarding alighting. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 37-43
  • Monograph Title: Transit planning and operations
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  • Accession Number: 00168069
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026504
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1981 12:00AM