Simulation Study to Derive the Optimal Cycle Length for Feeder Transit Services

In this paper the authors present a simulation study to evaluate the capacity and optimum service time interval of a demand responsive transit “feeder” service within the colonia of El Cenizo, TX. Demand data are taken from a survey conducted through a questionnaire to evaluate the existing travel patterns and the potential demand for a feeder service. The results from the subsequent simulation analysis showed that a single shuttle would be able to comfortably serve 150 passengers/day and that the optimal cycle length between consecutive departures from the terminal should be between 11-13 minutes for best service quality. This exploratory study should serve as a first step towards improving transportation services within these growing underprivileged communities, but also other residential areas, especially those with demographics and geometry similar to our target area of El Cenizo.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01154721
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-0786
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:22AM