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A methodology for comparing distances traveled by performance-equivalent fixed-route and demand responsive transit services

A methodology for comparing distances traveled by performance-equivalent fixed-route and demand... Abstract Public transport systems are confronted by the need to improve their economic effectiveness in order to meet customer requirements at acceptable costs for transit providers, which are often heavily subsidized. Our goal is to understand how the organizational form of the transit system impacts on system productivity. Our methodology consists of comparing performance in terms of distance traveled of two competing transit services, a traditional fixed-route and a demand responsive service, while ensuring a comparable service to the same set of customers. We consider several scenarios, which depend on the road network, service quality level, and demand density. According to our findings, demand responsive transit services perform better for high-quality service levels and low demand density scenarios. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Transportation Planning & Technology Taylor & Francis

A methodology for comparing distances traveled by performance-equivalent fixed-route and demand responsive transit services

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1029-0354
eISSN
0308-1060
DOI
10.1080/03081060903119618
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Abstract

Abstract Public transport systems are confronted by the need to improve their economic effectiveness in order to meet customer requirements at acceptable costs for transit providers, which are often heavily subsidized. Our goal is to understand how the organizational form of the transit system impacts on system productivity. Our methodology consists of comparing performance in terms of distance traveled of two competing transit services, a traditional fixed-route and a demand responsive service, while ensuring a comparable service to the same set of customers. We consider several scenarios, which depend on the road network, service quality level, and demand density. According to our findings, demand responsive transit services perform better for high-quality service levels and low demand density scenarios.

Journal

Transportation Planning & TechnologyTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 1, 2009

Keywords: transit; bus lines; demand responsive services; service level; distance traveled

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