Observation of bus ridership in the aftermath of the 2011 Floods in Southeast Queensland, Australia

Lee, Jinwoo (Brian), Zheng, Zuduo, Kashfi, Syeed, Chia, Jason, & Yi, Rong (2013) Observation of bus ridership in the aftermath of the 2011 Floods in Southeast Queensland, Australia. In 9th Annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction, 8 - 11 July 2013, Brisbane, Qld. (In Press)

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Abstract

The 2011 floods in Southeast Queensland had a devastating impact on many sectors including transport. Road and rail systems across all flooded areas of Queensland were severely affected and significant economic losses occurred as a result of roadway and railway closures. Travellers were compelled to take alternative routes because of road closures or deteriorated traffic conditions on their regular route. Extreme changes in traffic volume can occur under such scenarios which disrupts the network re-equilibrium and re-stabilisation in the recovery phase as travellers continuously adjust their travel options. This study explores how travellers respond to such a major network disruption. A comprehensive study was undertaken focusing on how bus riders reacted to the floods in Southeast Queensland by comparing the ridership patterns before, during and after the floods. The study outcomes revealed the evolving reactions of transit users to direct and indirect impacts of a natural disaster. A good understanding of this process is crucial for developing appropriate strategies to encourage modal shift of automobile users to public transit and also for modelling of travel behaviours during and after a major network disruption caused by natural disasters.

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ID Code: 60132
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Transit user, Traveller behaviour, Mode choice, Disaster, Post-disaster
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 21 May 2013 01:13
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2015 13:40

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