Modelling of Bus-stop Operations



Modelling of Bus-stop Operations

Authors

FERNANDEZ R, Universidad de Chile, Chile

Description

In a paper presented at the ETC 1999, Fernandez and Tyler (1999) discussecl the importance of bus stops on bus operations and bus priorities. As a result, the issue of bus stop design was raised and some design recommendations were provided. Following thi

Abstract

In a paper presented at the ETC 1999, Fernandez and Tyler (1999) discussecl the importance of bus stops on bus operations and bus priorities. As a result, the issue of bus stop design was raised and some design recommendations were provided. Following this line of thinking, this paper presents a microscopic simulation model to study bus stop operations in detail.

Firstly, a summary of the approaches to model bus stops operations is presented and the advantages and limitations of various models are. discussed. As a result, the need for an alternative modelling perspective is established. From that background the paper moves towards the essential issues of a new model of bus stops.

Various experiments with the model are shown and the results are presented. The modelling exercise stresses the sort of factors that have more influence on the operations at bus stops. The results show that a detailed modelling of bus stops and appropriate designs based on that modelling approach can improve the operation of the whole bus system.

This work can be complementary with another in progress at University College London on simulation bus-traffic interactions near bus stops (Silva, 2000). The results presented in this paper are based on a two-year research project financed through grant No.1990879 from FONDECYT-Chile.

Publisher

Association for European Transport