BUS TERMINAL PERFORMANCE MEASURED WITH TIME STAMPING

Previously, the terminal planner faced with the task of evaluating the overall performance of a facility, has had available only disjointed pieces of information concerning parts of the problem. This lack of comprehensive, quantitative data lead to the analyis of separate pieces of the terminal, under different loading conditions, resulting in a piecemeal assessment of the terminal's performance. The research described in this paper was aimed at correcting these problems, through the application of a new survey technique called "time-stamping". After its initial application in an air terminal, this study was undertaken to expand the technique to bus terminals. The time-stamping technique was applied to the intercity bus terminal in Ottawa, Canada. Analysis of the data showed that no capacity related problems existed at present. The future location, magnitude and approximate timing of capacity problems were determined. Specifically, the following information was provided: 1) The amount of area in the terminal used over the survey period (at a given level of service) and its distribution both temporally and spatially 2) average length of stay and its distribution 3) average distance walked 4) desire line mappings indicating layout problems 5) average occupancy curves of terminal facilities, by busload. The processing capacity of the facility was determined, plus the expected impacts of scheduling revisions on increasing the useful lifespan of the terminal. Also, impacts of terminal layout revisions on reducing walking distances was predicted. /Author/

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 63-69
  • Monograph Title: Recent developments in bus transportation
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  • Accession Number: 00178762
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030902692X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM