Modelling bus lost time : an additional parameter influencing bus dwell time and station platform capacity at a BRT station platform

Jaiswal, Sumeet, Bunker, Jonathan M., & Ferreira, Luis (2010) Modelling bus lost time : an additional parameter influencing bus dwell time and station platform capacity at a BRT station platform. In TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC.

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The common approach to estimate bus dwell time at a BRT station is to apply the traditional dwell time methodology derived for suburban bus stops. In spite of being sensitive to boarding and alighting passenger numbers and to some extent towards fare collection media, these traditional dwell time models do not account for the platform crowding. Moreover, they fall short in accounting for the effects of passenger/s walking along a relatively longer BRT platform. Using the experience from Brisbane busway (BRT) stations, a new variable, Bus Lost Time (LT), is introduced in traditional dwell time model. The bus lost time variable captures the impact of passenger walking and platform crowding on bus dwell time. These are two characteristics which differentiate a BRT station from a bus stop. This paper reports the development of a methodology to estimate bus lost time experienced by buses at a BRT platform. Results were compared with the Transit Capacity and Quality of Servce Manual (TCQSM) approach of dwell time and station capacity estimation. When the bus lost time was used in dwell time calculations it was found that the BRT station platform capacity reduced by 10.1%.

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ID Code: 40888
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: traffic engineering, transport engineering, bus rapid transit, dwell time, transit
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 National Academy of Sciences (US)
Deposited On: 22 Mar 2011 22:30
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:32

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