Adverse weather effects on bus ridership

Kashfi, Syeed Anta & Bunker, Jonathan (2014) Adverse weather effects on bus ridership. In 26th ARRB Conference 2014 – Research Driving Efficiency, ARRB Group Ltd., Sydney, Australia.


This study focuses on weather effects on daily bus ridership in Brisbane, given bus’ dominance in this city. The weather pattern of Brisbane varies by season according to its sub-tropical climate characteristics. Bus is prone to inclement weather condition as it shares the road system with general traffic. Moreover, bus stops generally offer less or sometimes no protection from adverse weather. Hence, adverse weather conditions such as rain are conjectured to directly impact on daily travel behaviour patterns. There has been limited Australian research on the impact of weather on daily transit ridership. This study investigates the relationship between rainy day and daily bus ridership for the period of 2010 to 2012. Overall, rainfall affects negatively with varying impacts on different transit groups. However, this analysis confirmed a positive relationship between consecutive rainy days (rain continuing for 3 or more days). A possible explanation could be that people may switch their transport mode to bus to avoid high traffic congestion and higher accident potentiality on rainy days. Also, Brisbane’s segregated busway (BRT) corridor works favourably towards this mode choice. Our study findings enhance the fundamental understanding of traveller behaviour, particularly mode choice behaviour under adverse weather conditions.

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ID Code: 78077
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Bus Ridership, Adverse Weather, Seasonal Decomposition, Rain
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 ARRB Group Ltd and Authors
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2014 00:35
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 03:05

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