Modeling Bus Rapid Transit station bus queuing for Bus Rapid Transit station bus operation analysis

Widana Pathiranage, Rakkitha, Bunker, Jonathan M., & Bhaskar, Ashish (2014) Modeling Bus Rapid Transit station bus queuing for Bus Rapid Transit station bus operation analysis. In Weeks, Jennifer (Ed.) Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC, USA.

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Abstract

Stations on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines ordinarily control line capacity because they act as bottlenecks. At stations with passing lanes, congestion may occur when buses maneuvering into and out of the platform stopping lane interfere with bus flow, or when a queue of buses forms upstream of the station blocking inflow. We contend that, as bus inflow to the station area approaches capacity, queuing will become excessive in a manner similar to operation of a minor movement on an unsignalized intersection. This analogy is used to treat BRT station operation and to analyze the relationship between station queuing and capacity. In the first of three stages, we conducted microscopic simulation modeling to study and analyze operating characteristics of the station under near steady state conditions through output variables of capacity, degree of saturation and queuing. A mathematical model was then developed to estimate the relationship between average queue and degree of saturation and calibrated for a specified range of controlled scenarios of mean and coefficient of variation of dwell time. Finally, simulation results were calibrated and validated.

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ID Code: 66420
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: bus rapid transit, bus queue, transit capacity, transit quality of service, bus operations, microsimulation modeling, degree of saturation
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
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