High-load transit line passenger transmission and productiveness efficiencies

Bunker, Jonathan M. (2013) High-load transit line passenger transmission and productiveness efficiencies. Transportation Research Record : Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2351, pp. 85-94.

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Performance of urban transit systems may be quantified and assessed using transit capacity and productive capacity in planning, design and operational management activities. Bunker (4) defines important productive performance measures of an individual transit service and transit line, which are extended in this paper to quantify efficiency and operating fashion of transit services and lines. Comparison of a hypothetical bus line’s operation during a morning peak hour and daytime hour demonstrates the usefulness of productiveness efficiency and passenger transmission efficiency, passenger churn and average proportion line length traveled to the operator in understanding their services’ and lines’ productive performance, operating characteristics, and quality of service. Productiveness efficiency can flag potential pass-up activity under high load conditions, as well as ineffective resource deployment. Proportion line length traveled can directly measure operating fashion. These measures can be used to compare between lines/routes and, within a given line, various operating scenarios and time horizons to target improvements. The next research stage is investigating within-line variation using smart card passenger data and field observation of pass-ups. Insights will be used to further develop practical guidance to operators.

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ID Code: 68065
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: transit capacity, transit quality of service, transit performance, transit efficiency
DOI: 10.3141/2351-10
ISSN: 0361-1981
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 National Academy of Sciences
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2014 22:03
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2014 06:34

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