Personalized Demand-Responsive Transit Service

Smart DRT (demand responsive transit) Feeder is a system that collects transit riders from neighborhoods and takes them to transit stations. This system uses APTS (Advanced Public Transportation System) technologies to make the feeder service convenient and reliable. When demand is high, Smart Feeder will use the fixed-route fixed schedule service. When demand is low, it will use the on-demand service. This paper first describes the results of a user survey on the demand for and on the desired characteristics of a Smart Feeder system for Millbrae, California. It then describes the resulting design and implementation of an automated dial-a-ride system that will be used for the demand responsive transit service. The system uses an automated phone-in system for reservations, computerized dispatching over a wireless communication channel to the bus driver, and an automated callback system for customer notifications. User requests for pickup are collected and a computerized scheduling system acts as a broker between the multiple user requests and the transit agency to determine the optimal departure time and route that minimizes customer wait time and maximizes the number of passengers per trip. The system requires no dispatchers and operates in real time without requiring advance reservations.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Illustrations; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 33p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01050350
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCB-ITS-PRR-2004-12
  • Contract Numbers: TO 4102
  • Created Date: May 3 2007 6:43PM