Modelling the relationships between passenger demand and bus delays at Busway stations

Jaiswal, Sumeet, Bunker, Jonathan and Ferreira, Luis (2009). Modelling the relationships between passenger demand and bus delays at Busway stations. In: TRB 88th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD. TRB 88th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, U.S.A., (-13). 11-15 January 2009.

Author Jaiswal, Sumeet
Bunker, Jonathan
Ferreira, Luis
Title of paper Modelling the relationships between passenger demand and bus delays at Busway stations
Conference name TRB 88th Annual Meeting
Conference location Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Conference dates 11-15 January 2009
Proceedings title TRB 88th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD
Place of Publication Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Publisher Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
End page 13
Total pages 14
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Bus dwell time is traditionally considered as a function of the number of alighting and boarding passengers plus an amount of time for door opening and closing. This approach describes the delays caused to a bus at any bus stop; however, these could be less accurate for busway stations where more than one loading area is available. This is because these traditional dwell time models do not account for the crowd phenomenon of the busway station platform.

This paper discusses the differences in boarding process at a bus stop and at a busway station. And based of these differences, a new methodology for estimation of bus dwell time at busway stations is proposed. For this study, data collection was performed at a busway station on the South East Busway in Brisbane, Australia and at suburban bus stops. Firstly, the sequence of activities performed by a passenger from viewing the desired bus to boarding the bus was divided into two parts: passenger – bus interface and passenger bus interaction. Later the effect of platform crowding on passenger – bus interface and passenger bus interaction was studied. Finally a dwell time model for buses at busway stations was developed.

Based on the analysis, this paper concluded that at a busway station where boarding is predominant, an increase in platform crowd increases the passenger – bus interface duration. This increase in passenger – bus interface duration then leads to lost time for buses and hence increases the bus dwell time.
© Copyright 2009 Transportation Research Board / National Academy of Sciences
Subjects 1205 Urban and Regional Planning
120506 Transport Planning
Keyword Bus stops
Bus transit operations
Dwell time
Public transit
Travel time
Case studies
Busway platform
Passenger – bus interface
Lost time
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Presented during "Spotlight: Energy and Climate Change" Poster Session 559: "Transit Capacity and Quality of Service" as Paper #09-1360.

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