THE DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF A COST EFFECTIVE TRANSIT PASSENGER COUNTER

Presently transit properties must conduct costly labour intensive and time consuming passenger counts in order to assess in a reliable way the performance of the system and to improve responsiveness of operations. Because of the costs and the number of field staff required these counts are generally carried out infrequently, on a fragmentary basis, and are sometimes not particularly reliable. Because of their infrequency, they do not provide a dynamic up-to-date picture of the transit property's market penetration and changing demand situations on the various routes in the system. To overcome this, the IBI group has developed and continues to develop for a number of properties (Toronto, Edmonton and Mississauga) transit passenger counting systems and prototype devices tailored to the needs of these properties. The purpose of this paper is to review the costs and benefits involved in counting passengers manually vs mechanically; the approach taken in developing counting devices for Edmonton and Toronto; the development, testing and performance characteristics of these devices, and provide some guidance on realistic passenger counter criteria such as costs, accuracy, reliability, adaptability, flexibility, etc. /TRRL/

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195415
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1981 12:00AM