Optimal Urban Rail Transit Corridor Identification within Integrated Framework Using Geographical Information Systems

The paper discusses a model for optimally aligning an urban rail transit system within an integrated Framework, on a demand oriented corridor on a city transport network, using geographical information system (GIS) tools. The model is part of a methodology to develop a demand oriented effective and efficient integrated urban mass transit system for a city which has a potential demand for a new rail based mass transit system besides the street transit system and existing rail transit system. Besides the proposed model the methodology consists of identifying the feeder routes and integrated schedules, but they are not within the scope of this paper. The objective of the model is to identify the new rail corridor, which is optimum from both the user' and operators' point of view. It consists of two stages: public transport travel demand forecasting, and rail transit corridor identification using GIS based heuristic algorithm. Thane City, which is part of Mumbai Metropolitan Region of India, was used as a case study. The corridors were identified based on the demand obtained using user equilibrium approach, which consisted of two routes. The maximum peak hour ridership on these routes was found to be ideal for recommending a light rail transit system for the identifies corridors. The successful application of the model shows the capability of proposed model for a typical Indian city which has the potential demand for a new rail system.


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  • Accession Number: 01000914
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 2005 6:09PM