Transfer Behavior and Path Choice in Public Transport Systems: A Case of the London Underground

This paper assesses passengers’ transfer experience by modeling transfer’s effect on their path choice decisions in public transport systems. The case study of the London Underground (LUL) confirms that transfers are perceived very negatively by passengers and could pose a tremendous social cost to a public transport system. Such a transfer experience varies greatly from station to station and from movement direction to direction. Simulations based on the updated transfer values indicates that the Underground might under-estimate the passenger flows on trains but over-estimate passenger boarding and alightings at platforms. The finding suggests that transfer investment could have the potential to redistribute passengers between trains and platforms and mitigate either train or platform crowdings. This application demonstrates the possibility, as well as the importance, of transfer planning in major multimodal public transport networks like the London Underground.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01154345
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-3276
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:37AM