Adverse weather effects on bus ridership

Kashfi, Syeed Anta & Bunker, Jonathan (2015) Adverse weather effects on bus ridership. Road and Transport Research, 24(1), pp. 44-57.

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This study focuses on the effects of weather on daily bus ridership in Brisbane, given the dominance of buses in that city. The weather pattern of Brisbane varies by season according to its subtropical climate characteristics. Bus operation is affected by inclement weather conditions, as buses share the road system with general traffic. Moreover, bus stops generally offer little, or sometimes no, protection from adverse weather. Hence, adverse weather conditions such as rain are thought 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 days and daily bus ridership for the period 2010 to 2012. Overall, rainfall has a negative effect, 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 switch their transport mode to bus to avoid high traffic congestion and higher accident potentiality on rainy days. Also, Brisbane’s segregated busway corridor works favourably towards this mode choice. The findings of our study enhance the fundamental understanding of traveller behaviour, particularly mode-choice behaviour, under adverse weather conditions.

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ID Code: 89237
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Bus ridership, Brisbane, Rain, weather, Consecutive rain days, Seasonal decomposition, t test
ISSN: 1037-5783
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 ARRB Group
Deposited On: 19 Oct 2015 03:04
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 05:56

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