System Dynamics Model for Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Planning and Ridership Forecasting

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have many infrastructure and operational features that may be deployed in phases over several years. During the planning of a BRT system, important decisions need to be made on what features should be incorporated into the system and at what time. The decisions are made more complex by the fact that certain features need to have critical ridership (or revenue). On the other hand, the BRT ridership depends on attributes (such as accessibility, comfort, reduction in travel time) offered by these features. The interactions between the features and ridership are complex and consist of feedback loops. This paper presents the Systems Dynamics (SD) approach to model the complex inter-relationships between the system features and ridership of a BRT corridor. A case study using the Mesa Street in El Paso, Texas, is used to illustrate the applications of the SD model as a decision support tool in the BRT corridor planning.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01152923
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-0258
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:10AM