A microscopic simulation model to estimate bus rapid transit station bus capacity

Widana Pathiranage, Rakkitha, Bunker, Jonathan M., & Bhaskar, Ashish (2013) A microscopic simulation model to estimate bus rapid transit station bus capacity. In Australasian Transport Research Forum 2013 Proceedings, Australasian Transport Research Forum 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.

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The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station is the interface between passengers and services. The station is crucial to line operation as it is typically the only location where buses can pass each other. Congestion may occur here when buses maneuvering into and out of the platform lane interfere with bus flow, or when a queue of buses forms upstream of the platform lane blocking the passing lane. Further, some systems include operation where express buses do not observe the station, resulting in a proportion of non-stopping buses. It is important to understand the operation of the station under this type of operation and its effect on BRT line capacity.

This study uses microscopic traffic simulation modeling to treat the BRT station operation and to analyze the relationship between station bus capacity and BRT line bus capacity. First, the simulation model is developed for the limit state scenario and then a statistical model is defined and calibrated for a specified range of controlled scenarios of dwell time characteristics. A field survey was conducted to verify the parameters such as dwell time, clearance time and coefficient of variation of dwell time to obtain relevant station bus capacity. The proposed model for BRT bus capacity provides a better understanding of BRT line capacity and is useful to transit authorities in BRT planning, design and operation.

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ID Code: 63227
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bus Rapid Transit, Busway, Microscopic traffic simulation, Capacity
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
Current > Research Centres > Smart Transport Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2013 01:11
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 16:52

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