Effect of Bus Location Information System on the Demand for Buses



Effect of Bus Location Information System on the Demand for Buses

Authors

NAKAGAWA D and MATSUNAKA R, Kyoto University and KOIDE Y, Nankai Railway Ltd., Japan

Description

Current progress in information technology has led to the introduction of an information system specified for use regarding bus transportation. The most popular example is a bus location information system that informs passengers of the real time location

Abstract

Current progress in information technology has led to the introduction of an information system specified for use regarding bus transportation. The most popular example is a bus location information system that informs passengers of the real time location of buses as they are approaching a bus stop.

This system can affect the activities of bus passengers and change their travelling time, although it does not make any changes in the actual run-time of the buses. The effect on passengers' behavior and travelling time, which is likely to rise after an information system is introduced for public transportation, is difficult to evaluate by using conventional models because the values for any commonly used variables such as travelling time of buses or their punctuality are not affected.

In this study, we show a method of evaluating the bus information system that is based on passengers' activities. First, we investigate how the frustrations of passengers form when they undergo a wait at a bus stop, and how often the passengers change their respective minds (e.g. to abandon the trip; to change the mode of transportation). We then simulate the activities of passengers by using the accumulated data, while the respective movements of buses are simulated by a computer simulator that can provide various service levels (e.g., punctuality).

Publisher

Association for European Transport