Modelling urban public transit users' route choice behaviour: review and outlook

Liu, Yulin, Bunker, Jonathan M., & Ferreira, Luis (2009) Modelling urban public transit users' route choice behaviour: review and outlook. In Jaiswal, Sumeet & Wang, Liang (Eds.) Rethinking Sustainable Development : Planning, Infrastructure Engineering, Design and Managing Urban Infrastructure, Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 294-306.


This paper reviews the main development of approaches to modelling urban public transit users’ route choice behaviour from 1960s to the present. The approaches reviewed include the early heuristic studies on finding the least cost transit route and all-or-nothing transit assignment, the bus common line problem and corresponding network representation methods, the disaggregate discrete choice models which are based on random utility maximization assumptions, the deterministic use equilibrium and stochastic user equilibrium transit assignment models, and the recent dynamic transit assignment models using either frequency or schedule based network formulation.

In addition to reviewing past outcomes, this paper also gives an outlook into the possible future directions of modelling transit users’ route choice behaviour. Based on the comparison with the development of models for motorists’ route choice and traffic assignment problems in an urban road area, this paper points out that it is rewarding for transit route choice research to draw inspiration from the intellectual outcomes out of the road area. Particularly, in light of the recent advancement of modelling motorists’ complex road route choice behaviour, this paper advocates that the modelling practice of transit users’ route choice should further explore the complexities of the problem.

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ID Code: 27968
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: transit, public transport, route choice , transit assignment , modelling
ISBN: 9781741072709
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 14 Oct 2009 23:11
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:04

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