Analyzing busway station potential capacity under mixed stopping and non-stopping operation

Widana Pathiranage, Rakkitha, Bunker, Jonathan M., & Bhaskar, Ashish (2015) Analyzing busway station potential capacity under mixed stopping and non-stopping operation. In Perk, Victoria (Ed.) Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C.


Busway stations are 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 manoeuvring 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 busway capacity.

This study uses microscopic simulation to treat the busway station operation and to analyse the relationship between station potential capacity where all buses stop, and Mixed Potential Capacity where there is a mixture of stopping and non-stopping buses. First, the micro simulation technique is used to analyze the All Stopping Buses (ASB) scenario and then statistical model is tuned and calibrated for a specified range of controlled scenarios of dwell time characteristics Subsequently, a mathematical model is developed for Mixed Stopping Buses (MSB) Potential Capacity by introducing different proportions of express (or non-stopping) buses.

The proposed models for a busway station bus capacity provide a better understanding of operation and are useful to transit agencies in busway planning, design and operation.

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ID Code: 80208
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 the Authors
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2015 05:50
Last Modified: 27 May 2015 20:40

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