A Generic System for Planning Activities in a Bus Transit Company
ABBAS K A, Egyptian National Institute of Transport, Egypt
Managers of bus transit companies have the task of managing their companies' resources (financial, human, material, fleet of vehicles) in an efficient and effective manner. This task is becoming more difficult due to tangible pressures, mainly in the form
Managers of bus transit companies have the task of managing their companies' resources (financial, human, material, fleet of vehicles) in an efficient and effective manner. This task is becoming more difficult due to tangible pressures, mainly in the form of limited available funds and shortages in subsidies resulting from budget deficits and financial cuts. In addition, in many countries, restrueturing of public transport companies is taking place through deregulation and privatization. This is meant to turn companies into market- oriented organisations. Planning of bus transit activities is becoming an increasingly complex and sophisticated task. The various dements involved in managing a transit company call for coordinated approaches for future planning. Reorientation is needed in the planning of bus transit activities from the standard piecemeal approach to the holistie system approach. Efforts to develop an integrated system that considers within its framework the planning of the main activities involved in the management of a transit company ought be pursued.
This paper presents a generic procedure for planning bus transit activities. This procedure is developed within a system approach framework. It contains eight subsystems namely: a vehicle maintenance management system, a vehicle operation management system, a new vehicles procurement management system, frequency setting, cost accounting, fare determination and subsidy computation, travel demand prediction and performance evaluation. The proposed planning approach provides a better understanding and insight into the inter- and intra- structural feedback relationships that exist among the various components involved in the overall management of a bus transit company. It is meant to achieve an integrated tactical planning of activities constituting the management of a bus transit company. It is also meant to provide practical and credible support to transit managers, so that they can make more rational and informed planning decisions. Decisions should be targeted towards achieving an efficient and effective management of bus transit activities, so as to sustain and maximize benefits obtained from resource utilization.
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