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Accession Number PB2013-102461
Title Integration of Fixed and Flexible Route Public Transportation Systems, Phase I.
Publication Date Jan 2012
Media Count 34p
Personal Author M. E. Kim P. M. Schonfeld S. Cheong
Abstract To provide efficient public transportation services in areas with high demand variability over time, it may be desirable to switch vehicles between conventional services (with fixed routes and schedules) during peak periods and flexible route service during low demand periods. We call this possibility a variable-type service. In this research project we compare conventional, flexible and variable-type service alternatives optimized for various conditions in order to explore when variable-type bus services might be preferable to pure ones. The optimization models used for purely conventional or flexible services are adapted from previous studies. These models are integrated into a new model for optimizing variable-type bus services. The results of sensitivity analyses show how the demand variability over time and other factors affect the relative effectiveness of conventional, flexible and variable-type bus services.
Keywords Buses
Public transportation
Research project
Transit industry
Travel demand

Source Agency N/A
NTIS Subject Category 91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
43G - Transportation
85H - Road Transportation
Corporate Author Maryland Univ., College Park.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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